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The Politics of Global Production: Apple, Foxconn and China's New Working Class


Jenny Chan


University of London - Royal Holloway College

Ngai Pun


Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Mark Selden


Cornell University

July 2013

New Technology, Work and Employment, Vol. 28, Issue 2, pp. 100-115, 2013

Abstract:     
Apple's commercial triumph rests in part on the outsourcing of its consumer electronics production to Asia. Drawing on extensive fieldwork at China's leading exporter - the Taiwanese‐owned Foxconn - the power dynamics of the buyer‐driven supply chain are analysed in the context of the national terrains that mediate or even accentuate global pressures. Power asymmetries assure the dominance of Apple in price setting and the timing of product delivery, resulting in intense pressures and illegal overtime for workers. Responding to the high‐pressure production regime, the young generation of Chinese rural migrant workers engages in a crescendo of individual and collective struggles to define their rights and defend their dignity in the face of combined corporate and state power.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 16

Keywords: Foxconn, Apple, global supply chains, labour, China, outsourcing, consumer electronics manufacturing, collective actions

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Date posted: July 20, 2013  

Suggested Citation

Chan, Jenny and Pun, Ngai and Selden, Mark, The Politics of Global Production: Apple, Foxconn and China's New Working Class (July 2013). New Technology, Work and Employment, Vol. 28, Issue 2, pp. 100-115, 2013. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2296287 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/ntwe.12008

Contact Information

Jenny Chan (Contact Author)
University of London - Royal Holloway College ( email )
Senate House
Malet Street
London, TW20 0EX
United Kingdom
Ngai Pun
Hong Kong Polytechnic University ( email )
Hung Hom, Kowloon
Hong Kong
Mark Selden
Cornell University ( email )
Ithaca, NY 14853
United States
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