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Obscure Terrain: The Rights Defense of Qingdao Internal Migrant Workers
Slaten, Kevin Richard

2012, Master of Arts, Ohio State University, East Asian Languages and Literatures.
China’s sociological world is somewhat lacking of research that explores the collective consciousness during collective rights defense of the manufacturing industry’s internal migrant workers. This is even truer of research that looks at the collective consciousness of Qingdao’s internal migrant workers. Additionally, Chinese civil society organizations are in their infancy, and there are few organizations that aid internal migrant workers in their rights defense, especially in China’s northeast region. There is even less research that attempts to understand the effectiveness of these organizations in aiding workers’ right defense. Using Political Process Theory as its analytical framework, this study has two main aspects: 1) survey methodology that explores the collective consciousness in rights defense of internal migrant workers in Qingdao’s manufacturing sector and 2) case analysis methodology that seeks to understand effects of Qingdao’s LMN Organization on Internal migrant workers’ rights defense. This study has found that the regional consciousness of Qingdao’s internal migrant workers possesses a dualistic quality, they have a strong rights defense consciousness, and their collective action has shown a trend toward cross-factory cooperation. LMN Organization, the subject of the case analysis, has not only played a large role in the success of internal migrant workers’ right defense, but it has also played a role in mobilizing workers for rights defense. However, LMN Organization exists in an exploitable crack in the surrounding political environment, and because of this, its future development is uncertain.
Galal Walker (Committee Chair)
Xiaobin Jian (Committee Member)
102 p.

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