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See detailArguments for Engaging Contemporary China
Florence, Eric ULiege

E-print/Working paper (2011)

Whether it be the 2008 Olympic games or Shanghai‘s 2010 Universal Expo, for several years now China, a country of more than 1.4 billion habitants, is mentioned almost every day in the news. Not a week ... [more ▼]

Whether it be the 2008 Olympic games or Shanghai‘s 2010 Universal Expo, for several years now China, a country of more than 1.4 billion habitants, is mentioned almost every day in the news. Not a week goes by without hearing about its growth records, its clout in international trade and in raw material consumption, or about the emergence of a middle class, with a consumption level nearing that of the Western world. Far from giving the pretention of proposing a concrete representation of today’s China, what is suggested in this paper are several elements that may shed light on important socio-political processes in contemporary China beyond newsbytes. [less ▲]

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See detailLes Ruses de la démocratie en Chine. Protester en Chine
Florence, Eric ULiege

in Etudes Chinoises (2011), XXX

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See detailUrban Poverty in China
Florence, Eric ULiege

in Local Economy (2011), 26(5), 450-453

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See detailThe Challenge of Labour in China: Strikes and the Changing Labour Regime in Global Factories
Florence, Eric ULiege

in Local Economy (2011), 26(5), 450-453

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See detailStruggling around ‘dagong’: dialectics of contention and accommodation
Florence, Eric ULiege

Conference (2010, November 26)

Since the launching of market-oriented reforms in post-Mao China, the Chinese party-state has re-deployed some of its categorization, allocation, and spatialization prerogatives. The rapid societal ... [more ▼]

Since the launching of market-oriented reforms in post-Mao China, the Chinese party-state has re-deployed some of its categorization, allocation, and spatialization prerogatives. The rapid societal changes at work in post-Mao China have implied a complex process of transformation of the Party-state’s sponsored economy of signs and values. The various ways in which rural migrant workers have been represented are in this respect particularly worth studying, this at least for two interrelated reasons. Firstly, migrant workers have been playing a central economic role within the Pearl River Delta’s but also within the whole country’s economic growth since they provide the vast majority of manpower in the labour-intensive industries. Since the capacity to generate high levels of economic growth and to improve people’s living standards are crucial in the Party’s legitimisation building, migrants also play an important political role. But at the same time, the vary harsh labour regimes implemented in the Pearl River Delta and the violence ─ both physical and symbolic ─ that the meeting of global capitalism and post-Mao China state socialism generate upon migrant workers also constitutes a challenge for a ruling party whose founding narratives are still grounded precisely upon the rejection of capitalist exploitation. In this paper I want to show that by delving into migrant workers’ narratives of their experience of ‘dagong’ and more specifically within their migration rationale one can get a glimpse of the at once empowering and also highly constrained dimension of migrant agency. Within specific patterns of accumulation, that is a context of combined “dull compulsion of economic relations” and of “routine repression”, I will document the process by which “people’s experiences and “practical engagements with the daily world” are linked to “historically produced institutional and structural settings” (Smith, 1996). As migration is intimately linked to unstable identification processes (at the individual and collective levels) and to the state project of legitimation, migrant narratives provide a particularly interesting vintage point to examine these processes of hegemonic contention and struggle. In the last section of the paper I will argue for the need to take into account contradictions seriously when studying migration experiences through ethnographic work. The data used for this paper are part of an extensive analysis by the author of the Shenzhen mainstream written press, participant observation, in-depth interviews with about 10-15 rural migrants, short informal interviews in the streets with about 70-100 people from 2001 to 2008, and a body of unpublished letters to the editor of several migrants’ magazines. [less ▲]

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See detailLa question sociale en Chine aujourd’hui : esquisse de bilan
Florence, Eric ULiege

Conference given outside the academic context (2010)

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See detailCinq arguments pour approcher la puissance économique chinoise
Florence, Eric ULiege

in LiègeU (2010)

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See detailNarrer le ‘dagong’: identification, hégémonie et légitimations de transition
Florence, Eric ULiege

Scientific conference (2010, April 27)

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See detailXiang Biao, Transcending Boundaries. Zhejiangcun : The Story of a Migrant Village in Beijing
Florence, Eric ULiege

in Perspectives Chinoises (2010), Février 2010

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See detailQuand langue et culture chinoises se conjuguent
Florence, Eric ULiege

Learning material (2010)

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See detailOrdering, silencing and making visible: the politics of othering migrant workers in Shenzhen
Florence, Eric ULiege

Conference (2009, September 30)

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See detail‘Dagongzhe’ Write to the magazines: suffering, borders stretching and longings. Dialectics of identification and legitimation
Florence, Eric ULiege

Conference (2009, June 23)

‘Dagongzhe’ Write to the magazines: suffering, borders stretching and longings. Dialectics of identification and legitimation. Eric Florence, PhD in Political and Social Sciences, Researcher at the Centre ... [more ▼]

‘Dagongzhe’ Write to the magazines: suffering, borders stretching and longings. Dialectics of identification and legitimation. Eric Florence, PhD in Political and Social Sciences, Researcher at the Centre for Ethnic and Migration Studies, the University of Liege. In this paper, I will look at the different kinds of values that are fostered within articles (diaries, letters, etc.) published in magazines for rural migrant workers. After having detailed the criterion used by editors of these magazines in the process of selecting or rejecting writings sent to them by migrant authors, I will detail three types of narrative modes found in magazines aimed at migrant workers. The first one signals suffering, disillusionment and sometimes irony. The second narrative mode entails claim making by migrant workers which are often backed by editors. I argue that this belongs to what O’Brien calls “contentious politics”. Eventually, the third mode examined in this paper will be thought of as strategic narrative framing on the part of migrant authors. In such framing the pedagogic role of guidance by editors is central I shall stress. But I shall argue at the same time that despite such framing, much of these writings are permeated by a powerful politics of desire and that such politics is particularly hard to analyse. In addition to a qualitative analysis of both published and unpublished writings by migrant workers and editors, I will also confront such writings and the values they convey to the fruit of my ethnographic fieldwork carried out in the Pearl River Delta between 2001 and 200 [less ▲]

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See detailL'étude de la domination et de la résistance: de Scott à Gramsci.
Florence, Eric ULiege

Scientific conference (2009, May 05)

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See detailMigrant Workers in the Pearl River Delta : Discourse and Narratives about Work as Sites of Struggle
Florence, Eric ULiege

in Murphy, Rachel; Fong, Vanessa (Eds.) Media, Identity and Struggle in twenty-first century China (2009)

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