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Exploitation and resistance: a comparative analysis of the Chinese cheap labour electronics and high-value added IT sectors.

Bieler, Andreas; Lee, Chun-Yi

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This article compares the electronics sector in the area of Shenzhen, based on cheap labour assembling goods for export, with the IT sector in the area of Shanghai, relying on a more skilled workforce manufacturing high-value added goods. It is asked in what way these rather different locations within the global political economy condition the form and contents of resistance in these two sectors. The article concludes that industrial relations are more confrontational in the electronics sector with informal labour NGOs supporting workers in getting their individual and collective rights. The IT sector, in contrast, is characterised by consensual relationships. Informal labour NGOs concentrate on organising cultural activities for workers’ free time, performing a mediating role between employers and employees, supported by the government.

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Bieler, A., & Lee, C. (2017). Exploitation and resistance: a comparative analysis of the Chinese cheap labour electronics and high-value added IT sectors. Globalizations, 14(2), 202-215. https://doi.org/10.1080/14747731.2016.1204698

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date May 18, 2016
Online Publication Date Jul 15, 2016
Publication Date Feb 23, 2017
Deposit Date Jun 23, 2016
Publicly Available Date Jul 15, 2016
Journal Globalizations
Print ISSN 1474-7731
Electronic ISSN 1474-774X
Publisher Routledge
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 14
Issue 2
Pages 202-215
DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/14747731.2016.1204698
Keywords Chinese form of state; Electronic sector; Informal labour NGOs; Pearl River Delta; Yangtze River Delta
Public URL http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/34354
Publisher URL http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/14747731.2016.1204698
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0

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