Book review of "Between Two Societies: Hong Kong labour in transition" by H. A. Turner, Patricia Fosh and Ng Sek Hong, Centre for Asian Studies Occasional Papers and Monographs, No. 94, University of Hong Kong and "Industrial Relations And Law In Hong Kong" by Joe England, Oxford University Press, Hong Kong

Leggett, Chris (1992) Book review of "Between Two Societies: Hong Kong labour in transition" by H. A. Turner, Patricia Fosh and Ng Sek Hong, Centre for Asian Studies Occasional Papers and Monographs, No. 94, University of Hong Kong and "Industrial Relations And Law In Hong Kong" by Joe England, Oxford University Press, Hong Kong. Journal of Industrial Relations, 34 (4). pp. 614-617.

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Abstract

[Extract] By the Treaty of Nanjing 1842, China ceded the island of Hong Kong to the British Crown in perpetuity. By the Conventions of Peking 1860 and 1896, Britain respectively leased from China the mainland Kowloon Peninsular in perpetuity and its adjacent 'New Territories' for ninety-nine years. The Sino-British Joint Declaration 1985 has arranged for all three, which now comprise the Crown Colony of Hong Kong, to be returned to China's sovereignty as a Special Administrative Region in 1997, with an assurance of the continuance of Hong Kong's current economic and social systems for fifty years. While organized labour can be traced to the nineteenth century in Hong Kong and Canton, it has been the rap id industrialization of the former, assisted by the migration of capital and labour from China in anticipation of and after the defeat of Chiang Kai-Shek's Nationalists by Mao Ze-dong's Communists in 1949, that have brought Hong Kong's industrial relations to the attention of academic researchers and writers. Not uncharacteristic of colonial industrial relations studies towards the end of British rule, the more prominent have been by expatriates of the colonial authority who have mobilized and harnessed the research propensities of local academicians. Of the two works reviewed here, Between Two Societies more fits this pattern, being based on surveys, than does Industrial Relations and Low in Hong Kong, although both acknowledge, among others, the assistance of the Centre for Asian Studies at the University of Hong Kong, the publisher of the former.

Item ID: 16309
Item Type: Article (Book Review)
Keywords: Hong Kong, industrial relations, trade unions
ISSN: 1472-9296
Date Deposited: 11 Sep 2011 22:38
FoR Codes: 15 COMMERCE, MANAGEMENT, TOURISM AND SERVICES > 1503 Business and Management > 150306 Industrial Relations @ 100%
SEO Codes: 91 ECONOMIC FRAMEWORK > 9104 Management and Productivity > 910401 Industrial Relations @ 100%
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