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Børge Bakken

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9789888208661

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789888208661.001.0001

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Social Exclusion and Criminal Victimization

Social Exclusion and Criminal Victimization

Migrant Workers’ Risks of Driving Motorcycle Taxis in Urban China

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Crime and the Chinese Dream
Jianhua Xu
Hong Kong University Press

Jianhua Xu examines the risk and criminal victimization of a group of rural-to-urban migrant workers, namely motorcycle taxi drivers, and their coping tactics in a midsize city in Southern China. It examines five different types of risks motorcycle taxi drivers have to face in their line of work, including robbery, extortion, taking a taxi without paying, witnessing street crimes and traffic accidents. It also examines the tactics used by motorcycle taxi drivers to cope with the most concerning risk: robbery. How do they prevent robbery before it occurs? How do they survive given a robbery case occurs? The thick description of the suffering of motorcycle taxi drivers in their everyday life provides us a unique window to examine multidimensional social exclusion for millions of migrant workers in urban China.

Keywords:   Motorcycle taxi drivers, Robbery, Criminal victimization, Street crime, Chinese migrant workers

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