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After the Foxconn suicides in China: a roundtable on labor, the state and civil society in global electronics

After the Foxconn suicides in China: a roundtable on labor, the state and civil society in global electronics

Chan, Jenny, Distelhorst, Greg, Kessler, Dimitri, Lee, Joonkoo, Martin-Ortega, Olga ORCID: 0000-0002-1779-0120, Pawlicki, Peter, Selden, Mark and Selwyn, Benjamin (2021) After the Foxconn suicides in China: a roundtable on labor, the state and civil society in global electronics. Critical Sociology. ISSN 0896-9205 (Print), 1569-1632 (Online) (In Press) (doi:https://doi.org/10.1177/08969205211013442)

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Abstract

We seek to tackle myriad problems of a global production system in which China is the world’s largest producer and exporter of consumer electronics products. Dying for an iPhone simultaneously addresses the challenges facing Chinese workers while locating them within the global economy through an assessment of the relationship between Foxconn (the largest electronics manufacturer) and Apple (one of the richest corporations). Eight researchers from Asia, Europe and North America discuss two main questions: How do tech behemoths and the Chinese state shape labor relations in transnational manufacturing? What roles can workers, public sector buyers, non-governmental organizations and consumers play in holding multinational corporations and states accountable for human rights violations and assuring the protection of worker interests? We also reflect on the possibility that national governments, the electronics industry and civil society groups can collaborate to contribute to improved labor rights in China and the world.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: electronics industry, China, labour rights, public procurement
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
J Political Science > JQ Political institutions Asia
Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA76 Computer software
Faculty / School / Research Centre / Research Group: Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences > Business, Human Rights and the Environment Research Group (BHRE)
Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences > School of Law & Criminology (LAC)
Last Modified: 20 Sep 2021 15:56
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
Selected for GREAT 2019: None
Selected for REF2021: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/33528

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