Chinese Women Workers Collective Empowerment: Starting from Gender Identity and Class Consciousness
Refereed conference paper presented and published in conference proceedings



摘要The 40 years of reform and opening-up policy have made China a famous world factory, and women workers contribute a lot. However, equal citizenship and social welfare are still impossible for them. They are the group that developmental social work has to focus on. Existing studies have focused on multiple structural oppressions on these women workers, such as capital, patriarchy, and the state, and pointed out that their inability or individual resistance at workplaces and dormitories cannot change oppressive structures. However, this study believes that while the structure is oppressive for women workers, it is also leading them to gradually realize their own identity - women and workers. This dual identity has become the largest asset of female workers.

Then the key to social work intervention is to combine the dual identity of women workers with social work values and skills. In community-based social work practices in migrant worker community or among women workers, social workers pay much attention to the subjectivity of the vulnerable group of women workers. By encouraging their relationship building and public participation, female workers are able to see and support each other, social work can promote women workers' individual and collective gender identity and class consciousness, and even collective action in the community and societal level. It is in these actions of self-discovery and self-obsessing that collective empowerment path of women workers is hidden, giving birth to class and gender equality of Chinese female workers.
著者GAO Xianda
會議名稱International Conference on Developmental Social Work
會議地點Hong Kong

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