Class and Precarity : An Unhappy Coupling in China’s Working Class Formation. / Smith, Christopher; Pun, Ngai.

In: Work, Employment & Society, Vol. 32, No. 3, 01.06.2018, p. 599-615.

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Class and Precarity : An Unhappy Coupling in China’s Working Class Formation. / Smith, Christopher; Pun, Ngai.

In: Work, Employment & Society, Vol. 32, No. 3, 01.06.2018, p. 599-615.

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Smith, Christopher ; Pun, Ngai. / Class and Precarity : An Unhappy Coupling in China’s Working Class Formation. In: Work, Employment & Society. 2018 ; Vol. 32, No. 3. pp. 599-615.

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