Law as a technique of Chinese governmentality
in Occupational health and social estrangement in China
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This chapter argues that the preferred mode of struggle among the three sick worker groups, namely the carving out of a "sick role" status, rightful resistance, and compromising citizenry, could be considered as a struggle of legality. All the accounts provided not only reflect how sick workers make sense of the existing legal system, but also the predispositions of individuals that shape their daily struggles at the actor-power interface. The chapter supplements the discussion of the concept of governmentality by focusing on previous scholarship on Chinese governmentality. Central to the discussion is the notion that former discussions on the "art of government" in China generally omit the relationship between governmentality and other forms of power such as sovereignty and discipline. The chapter also recapitulates the key features of different groups of sick workers, and recasts them as struggles for legality.


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