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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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. For more information regarding the Chinese Working Women Network, please click here. The lives of the dagongmeiPun argues—with more hopefulness than her chronicle seems to warrant—foretell “new configurations of social resistance and the coming of a silent ‘social revolution’ from below” p.

The dagongmei are women in their late teens and early twenties who move from rural areas to urban centers to work in factories. Women Factory Workers in a Global Workplace.

Ngwi China has evolved into a global factory in the last three decades, the dagonmei have formed a new cultural class.

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Chinese Working Women Network website. Pun Ngai argues that the women clearly know what they are going into as they leave their villages. Made in China is a captivating example of committed, reflexive ethnographic research.

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. This website uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. Migrant workers, the dagongmei and dagongzai working boys with rural hukousinhabit Shenzhen on a temporary basis, only for as long as the terms She is coeditor of Remaking Citizenship in Hong Kong: Isabelle Thireau edDe Proche en proche.


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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. Table of contents Acknowledgments ix Introduction 1 1. Throughout the book, Ngai shares her first person observations on the tough factory lives of the dagonmei and explores a variety of physical, psychological, social, and political issues surrounding them.

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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. View freely available titles: Throughout her text, Pun Ngai conveys a detailed portrayal of the working conditions of the dagonmeiand analyzes the disciplinary instruments that are used by the enterprises to shape those conditions towards maximizing monetary profit.

Women Factory Workers in a Global Workplace. Pun Ngai provides us with a searing critique of how global maade, with the collusion of the Chinese state, is turning China into the sweatshop of the world.

The Global Push for Fair Labor. Women Factory Workers in a Global Workplace. They undertake physically exhausting work in urban factories for an average of four or five years before returning home. Built on the Johns Hopkins University Campus. The author stresses that while differences between first and second generation workers should not be exaggerated, the second generation is on the whole more individualistic, better educated, clearly more oriented towards urban culture and consumption, and animated by an experience of indignity so pronounced that they nurture neither the hope of remaining in the city nor of returning to their native villages.


Your Friends Email Address: Gendered Yearnings in China after Socialism” show more. Womens Struggle between Work and Family. This allowance eventually leads the enterprises to focus on extracting maximum working power from the workers without caring about their well being and satisfaction at all.

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Made in China e-Duke books scholarly collection. Contents – Previous document – Next document. Pun shows how different institutional measures and political decisions starting in allowed the development of a pyramidal system of subcontracting in which a decoupling occurs between higher levels of construction project managements property developers and construction companies and the implementation of projects left to different subcontractors, a system notably leading to numerous instances of non-payment of wages, the absence of contractual relations between the worker and maee employer, and the impossibility of direct contact between construction workers and the boss.

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The authoritarian Chinese government, the production and consumption imperatives 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.