Journal Article

Building their Own Stage: Constructing the New Worker in China

Hatla Thelle

in Journal of Human Rights Practice

Volume 5, issue 2, pages 358-379
Published in print July 2013 | ISSN: 1757-9619
Published online June 2013 | e-ISSN: 1757-9627 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/jhuman/hut005
Building their Own Stage: Constructing the New Worker in China

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This article describes the activities of a small Chinese organization established with the aim of protecting internal migrant workers' rights in China. The organization provides services to migrant communities and, by various means, seeks to strengthen migrants' self-esteem and capacity for solving the problems they encounter when they enter the cities from the countryside. The article argues that new forms of public participation are enabled through the reconstruction of identity, wherein internal migrants recast themselves as ‘new workers’ who occupy a distinct and unique place in contemporary China.

Keywords: China; human rights education; labour rights; migrant workers; theatre and human rights

Journal Article.  10196 words. 

Subjects: Ethical Issues and Debates ; Human Rights and Immigration ; Human Rights ; Politics ; Social Movements and Social Change

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