Youth work, prosocial behaviour, and micro-foundation of working-class solidarity among vocational school students in China

Ngai Pun, Bryant P.H. Hui, Anita Koo

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Abstract

Despite the large number of working-class students having to work while attending schools, their work experience and the potential of class solidarity have been largely unaddressed. By bringing in a social psychological perspective, this article revives the sociological debates of working-class solidarity and challenges the defeatist view of solidarity since the neoliberal turn of the global economy. This article comprises two studies. In Study 1, a working-class solidarity measure (WCSM) was developed through interviews, followed by factor-analysis of a vocational school sample in China (n = 509). In Study 2, we validated the factor structure of the WCSM and adopted structural equation modelling to show that prosocial behaviour positively predicted solidarity among vocational school students (n = 2534). Contrary to the understanding that the working-class is divisive and fragmentary, our work shows that working-class solidarity can be built and consolidated through layers of prosocial behaviours by students with work experience.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)393-407
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Education and Work
Volume36
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2023

Keywords

  • China
  • prosocial behaviour
  • work experience
  • working-class solidarity
  • youth

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Public Administration
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management

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