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Made in China: Women Factory Workers in a Global Workplace [Pun Ngai] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. As China has evolved into an . Made in China is a compelling look at the lives of these women, workers Pun Ngai conducted ethnographic work at an electronics factory in. Made in China. Women Factory Workers in a Global Workplace – Pun Ngai. Tamara Jacka. Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies.

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They undertake physically exhausting work in urban factories for an average of four or five years before returning home.

Hong Kong University Press, The book pays greater attention to the structures of domination and to the political economy of the sectors studied. Imagining Sex and Gender in the Workplace 6. Pun also shows how this political economy of the chna sector shapes the ways of protestation — in general violent and often outside legal avenues pp.

Description As China has evolved into an industrial powerhouse over the past two decades, a new class of workers has developed: In chapter 1, “State Meets Capital: Her analysis, drawing heavily on Foucault’s theoretical insights on sexuality, disciplining the body, technologizing the self, and dream readings, critiques the oppressive matrix of power constructed by the socialist state, global capitalism, and patriarchy.

As with many ethnographies, it does not have a very narrative structure and can be hard to get through at times. The dagongmei are women in their late teens and early twenties who move from rural areas to urban centers to work in pum. Pun suggests that a silent social revolution is underway in China and that these young migrant workers are its agents.

Literature: Made in China by Pun Ngai

The Best Books mace Scream, Dream, and Transgression in the Workplace 7. They are assiduous, hardworking, easily manageable, and economically productive. This book contributes to the study of modern industrial labour, but more importantly, it sheds light on the desires and motivations of a particular class of contemporary women in Ppun.


For eight months she slept in the employee dormitories and worked on the shop floor alongside the women whose lives she chronicles. We use cookies to give you the best possible experience.

Made in China is a compelling look at the lives of these women, workers caught between the competing demands of global capitalism, the socialist state, and the patriarchal family. Page numbers if excerpting, provide specifics For coursepacks, please also note: The young women are not mzde to work in the factories; they know about the twelve-hour shifts and the hardships of industrial labor.

This working class possesses an active “class-conscious” agency according to Pun, who cites workers’ poems and graffiti expressing resistance to the commodification and exploitation of their bodies.

Ib piece of text shows how the system of temporary workers is legitimized by the Chinese state. Development practitioners will find pu rich empirical data, which corroborate some field reports, useful to shape policy.

Home Contact Us Help Free delivery worldwide. The book raises serious issues about the development path that China has embarked upon, and although Pun Ngai frequently emphasises geographic specificity, it will resonate with development studies scholars focusing on other regions of the world.

Amde particular, her first article in 2 minutely described the spatio-temporal control over female workers in the production regime of a Shenzhen factory, combining Foucauldian and Marxist approaches; or again her description of the triple constraints — patriarchy, Party-state, and global capitalism — fashioning the subjectivity of rural women when it comes to their decision to leave their villages.

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Follow us RSS feed. Because of state laws dictating that those born in the countryside cannot permanently leave their villages, and familial pressure for young women to marry by their late twenties, the dagongmei are transient labor. Selected pages Title Page. Twenty Years After the Handover: Pun illuminates the workers’ perspectives and experiences, describing the lure of consumer desire and especially the minutiae of factory life.

The following text was written and circulated by the Shenzhen Labour Bureau in The authoritarian Ngal government, the production and consumption ni of the global capitalist market, and patriarchal Chinese culture all inflict their specific and sometimes complicit violence on the female producing body, according to Pun, and all are subject to harsh judgment. Marching from the Village: Forged from a partnership between a university press and a library, Project MUSE is a trusted part of the academic and scholarly community it serves.


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Book ratings by Goodreads. The young women are not coerced to work in the factories; they know about the twelve-hour shifts and the hardships of industrial labor. It should interest students, researchers, and teachers in the domain of contemporary Chinese studies and human and social sciences.

Product details Format Paperback pages Dimensions x x In that sense, I would very much recommend Made in China to anyone concerned about the social effects of globalization, as well as those trying to unravel the enigma of the economic and social transformations of present-day China. Information Contacts Credits Publishing policies. Pun Ngai’s contribution provides us with a thoughtful and empathetic analysis setting a new standard for both the value of ethnographic fieldwork in China as well as proposing new approaches to the study of social class.

Arianne Gaetano, Out to Work: Review quote “[A] remarkable book. Yet they are still eager to leave home. Check out the top books of the year on our page Best Books of It appears that the lesser attention to ethnographic details in Migrant Labor in China nevertheless permits a more profound description of politico-institutional, legal, and economic configurations behind the functioning of contemporary industrial capitalism and its complex modalities of reinvention and redeployment.

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