Made in China: Women Factory Workers in a Global Workplace (Paperback)Pun Ngai (author)
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Pun Ngai conducted ethnographic work at an electronics factory in southern China's Guangdong province, in the Shenzhen special economic zone where foreign-owned factories are proliferating. For eight months she slept in the employee dormitories and worked on the shop floor alongside the women whose lives she chronicles. Pun illuminates the workers' perspectives and experiences, describing the lure of consumer desire and especially the minutiae of factory life. She looks at acts of resistance and transgression in the workplace, positing that the chronic pains-such as backaches and headaches-that many of the women experience are as indicative of resistance to oppressive working conditions as they are of defeat. Pun suggests that a silent social revolution is underway in China and that these young migrant workers are its agents.
Publisher: Duke University Press
Number of pages: 240
Weight: 354 g
Dimensions: 235 x 152 x 14 mm
"Right now, anything that happens in China's economy affects all of us. Pun Ngai's book should be required reading. It is jam-packed with richly drawn and provocative insights mined from her fieldwork as a `factory girl' in the midst of South China's migrant workers."- Andrew Ross, author of Low Pay, High Profile: The Global Push for Fair Labor
"Made in China is an important inter-disciplinary contribution to the body of literature on women workers. Development practitioners will find the rich empirical data, which corroborate some field reports, useful to shape policy. 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." -- Anibel Ferus-Comelo * Gender and Development *
"[A] remarkable book. . . . [A] vivid and persuasive first-hand account of life in China's factories in the late 20th century. . . . [A]nyone who cares about East Asia today, and tomorrow, should read [this book]." -- Bradley Winterton * Taipei Times *
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