Abstract

Based on seventy weeks of field research in Beijing and Shenzhen, as well as a review of relevant literature, this dissertation explores the role of nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) in creating and redefining local economic relationships with China’s 300 million internal migrant workers. The founders/directors of these organizations run programs to improve migrants’ access to legal aid, education, and sense of community. Their perspectives, experiences, and decision-making provide significant insights into China’s paradoxical relationship with its migrant workers as well as changing state-society relations in the transition to capitalism.

Degree Date

Fall 2018

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Ph.D.

Department

Anthropology

Advisor

Caroline Brettell

Second Advisor

Carolyn Smith-Morris

Third Advisor

Nicolas Sternsdorff-Cisterna

Fourth Advisor

Alan Smart

Subject Area

Anthropology

Number of Pages

236

Format

.pdf

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 4.0 License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 4.0 License

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