Who wants 9-to-5 jobs? Precarity, (in)security, and Chinese youths in Beijing and Hong Kong

Pak Lei Gladys Chong*

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In this article I examined how “slash” and startup careers have been promoted in the recent call for mass entrepreneurship to further advance the interests of the state; and how the initiatives in Mainland China have provided Hong Kong ideas for tackling its governmentality crisis resulting from youth disgruntlement with deteriorating socio-economic conditions and loss of political autonomy. I adopt the inter-referencing Asia approach to facilitate a conversation between the research on precarity in Beijing and Hong Kong contexts and the large body of literature on precarity that derives mainly from the Western experiences. I base my analysis on discourse analysis and visual analysis of three corpora of textual and visual materials, including materials from interviews and ethnographic research.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)266-278
Number of pages13
JournalInformation Society
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 19 Oct 2020

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Management Information Systems
  • Cultural Studies
  • Information Systems
  • Political Science and International Relations

User-Defined Keywords

  • Beijing
  • governmentality
  • Hong Kong
  • precarity
  • slash
  • startup
  • subjectivities
  • youth


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