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Resistance through accommodation : a citizenship approach to migrant worker NGOs in China.

Jakimów, Małgorzata (2017) 'Resistance through accommodation : a citizenship approach to migrant worker NGOs in China.', Journal of contemporary China., 26 (108). pp. 915-930.


Based on ethnographic fieldwork among migrant worker NGOs conducted between 2011 and 2016, this article employs critical theories of citizenship to illustrate how migrant worker NGOs use a strategy of ‘resistance through accommodation’ to re-shape the citizenship regime and discourse in China. The dominant literature on labour activism tends to discount the potential for migrant worker NGOs to undertake resistance, on account of their dependency upon the state and the market. The article contends that while NGOs must engage in relations with the state and the market to ensure their own survival, their activism does not ultimately centre on either resisting or accommodating these actors directly, but rather upon a broader engagement process aimed at the strategic purpose of ‘citizenship transformation’.

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Publisher statement:© 2017 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Date accepted:15 December 2016
Date deposited:10 September 2018
Date of first online publication:15 June 2017
Date first made open access:10 September 2018

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