The future of Chinese marginality
in Occupational health and social estrangement in China
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This conclusion presents some concluding thoughts on key concepts covered in this book. The book presents a portrayal of sufferers of occupational disease as bio-political subjects whose lives are located neither inside nor outside "normal" political, economic, and cultural practices. Based on the fieldwork observations from a bottom-up ethnographic perspective, the chapter argues that the law is a governmentality technique which operates to marginalize millions of sick Chinese workers through shaping their desires, aspirations, interests, and beliefs in pursuing legally-stipulated compensation. The author's fieldwork observations reflect the preferred modes of struggle among the three sick worker groups, which are obtaining an official "sick role" status, rightful resistance, and compromising citizenry. Strategized in everyday life, these resistances represent various struggles on the part of sick workers for claiming legality in their pursuit of compensation. These struggles are conceptualized in terms of "conforming resistance".


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