Danwei: The Changing Chinese Workplace in Historical and Comparative Perspective

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Xiaobo Lu, Elizabeth J. Perry
M.E. Sharpe, Jul 28, 1997 - Business & Economics
The danwei, or work unit, occupies a central place in Chinese society; at one time it was so entrenched in people's daily life that while one could be without a job, one could not be without a danwei.

With outstanding contributors from various disciplines, this volume, a systematic study of the danwei system, addresses three sets of questions from historical and comparative perspectives:
--What are the origins of the danwei and how did the danwei system become institutionalized?
--Is it unique to China?
--What role does the danwei play and has it changed since the launching of the post-Mao reforms?
In addressing these questions, the contributors make a contribution to both Chinese studies and comparative studies of industrial organization and the transition from state socialism.

 

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Contents

Minor Public Economy The Revolutionary Origins of the Danwei
21
From Native Place to Workplace Labor Origins and Outcomes of Chinas Danwei System
42
Republican Origins of the Danzvei The Case of Shanghais Bank of China
60
Chinese Danzvei Reforms Convergence with the Japanese Model?
91
The Russian Village in the City and the Stalinist System of Enterprise Management The Origins of Worker Alienation in Soviet State Socialism
114
The Soviet Factory as Community Organizer
142
Danwei The Economic Foundations of a Unique Institution
169
The Impact of the Floating Population on the Danwei Shifts in the Pattern of Labor Mobility Control and Entitlement Provision
195
Work Units and Housing Reform in Two Chinese Cities
223
Index
251
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