Morir por un iPhone? Apple, Foxconn y la lucha de los trabajadores en China (Spanish Translation)
PUN Ngai, Jenny CHAN, and Mark SELDEN. 2014.
Translated in Spanish by Florencia Olivera and edited by Andrés Ruggeri.
Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires: Ediciones Continente S.R.L.
This book documents the struggles of a new generation of workers who produce our smartphones and tablet computers, indeed, the entire spectrum of high-tech consumer electronics. Foxconn is a representative or archetypical case of a global labor regime in the contemporary Chinese political economy. The mystery that our investigation seeks to explore is not only the “inside story” of Foxconn; it is also the nature of global capitalism embodying with specific relationship between Foxconn and its brand-name buyers, the largest and richest being Apple, as well as that between Foxconn and the Chinese state. These are the relationships that shape conditions on the factory floor and ultimately workers’ lives. An in-depth study of the most powerful electronics contractor and the lives of its workers enable us to draw out the deep contradictions among labor, capital, and the Chinese state in global production.
About the Authors
PUN Ngai is Professor in the Department of Applied Social Sciences at Hong Kong Polytechnic University. She is the author of Made in China: Women Factory Workers in a Global Workplace (2005), for which she won the C. W. Mills Award. This book was translated into French, German, Italian, Polish, and Chinese. She produces numerous articles in Modern China, China Journal, China Quarterly, Global Labor Journal, Cultural Anthropology, Feminist Economics, Current Sociology, The Third World Quarterly, and Work, Employment and Society, among others. Recently she has co-authored and co-edited four books on construction workers, Foxconn workers, and social economy in Hong Kong and China (in Chinese).
Jenny CHAN is Departmental Lecturer in Contemporary China Studies, School of Interdisciplinary Area Studies, University of Oxford. Educated at the Chinese University of Hong Kong (BSSc in Sociology) and the University of Hong Kong (MPhil in Sociology), she was a Reid Research Scholar while pursuing her PhD at the University of London. In 2013-2014 she received the prestigious Great Britain-China Educational Award. Currently she serves as Board Member of the International Sociological Association’s Research Committee on Labor Movements (2014-2018). Her recent articles have appeared in Current Sociology, Modern China, Human Relations, Critical Asian Studies, Global Labor Journal, The Asia-Pacific Journal, The South Atlantic Quarterly, New Labor Forum, and New Technology, Work and Employment.
Mark SELDEN is Research Fellow at the Asian/Pacific/American Studies Institute at NYU,Senior Research Associate in the East Asia Program at Cornell University, and editor of The Asia-Pacific Journal: Japan Focus. A specialist on the modern and contemporary geopolitics, political economy and history of China, Japan and the Asia Pacific, his work has ranged broadly across themes of war and revolution, inequality, development, regional and world social change, social movements and historical memory. Books include China in Revolution: The Yenan Way Revisited; The Political Economy of Chinese Development; Chinese Village, Socialist State; Chinese Society: Change, Conflict and Resistance; and The Resurgence of East Asia: 500, 150 and 50 Year Perspectives.