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Pun Ngai is a Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Hong Kong. Her research focusses on labour, gender, and globalisation in mainland China and Hong Kong. She has published extensively in the areas of sociology, anthropology, labour studies, China studies, and cultural studies.

Class and Precarity in China: A Contested Relationship

The increasing precariousness of labour forces globally has prompted some to argue that a new ‘precariat’ is emerging to challenge the privileges of the securely employed ‘salariat’. This divergence within the working class has been depicted as more significant than the traditional conflict between labour and capital. This essay examines these discussions in China, where precarity is increasingly being employed as a theoretical tool to explain the fragmentation of labour in the country.

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