New Technology, Work and Employment (July 2013), and The Asia-Pacific Journal (August 2013), features two articles on Foxconn in China – “A Suicide Survivor: The Life of a Chinese Worker.” by Jenny Chan and “The Politics of Global Production: Apple, Foxconn and China’s New Working Class.” by Jenny Chan, Pun Ngai and Mark Selden.

As described in the editorial to the July issue by Debra Howcroft and Phil Taylor:

“These papers in different ways are concerned with the production of electronic consumables by Foxconn, the Taiwanese-owned multinational supplier, which is China’s leading exporter. … The first of the articles provides the remarkable testimony of Tian Yu, a young female migrant worker, who attempted suicide by jumping from the fourth floor of her dormitory accommodation. Tian’s account has been crafted with great skill and sympathy by Jenny Chan.”

“The second article locates this narrative in the broader political-economic context of the buyer-driven value chain, in which Apple establishes parameters and control over price-setting, production processes and product delivery from its suppliers, notably Foxconn. Based on extensive fieldwork and thorough documentary analysis, Chan, Pun and Selden analyse the consequences of this asymmetrical power relationship. As the scale of production has ramped up, Apple’s ‘value capture’ and profits have soared while Foxconn’s margins have flatlined, the outcome being massive intensification of work and a harsh workplace managerial regime.”

1. “A Suicide Survivor: The Life of a Chinese Worker.” New Technology, Work and Employment 28(2): 84-99 (Jenny Chan, July 2013). http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/ntwe.12007/full; see also,
“A Suicide Survivor: The Life of a Chinese Migrant Worker in Foxconn.”
The Asia-Pacific Journal Vol. 11, Issue 31, No. 1, August 12, 2013. http://japanfocus.org/-Jenny-Chan/3977

2. “The Politics of Global Production: Apple, Foxconn and China’s New Working Class.” New Technology, Work and Employment 28(2): 100-15 (Jenny Chan, Pun Ngai and Mark Selden, July 2013). http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/ntwe.12008/full; see also,
The Asia-Pacific Journal Vol. 11, Issue 32, No. 2, August 12, 2013. http://japanfocus.org/-Jenny-Chan/3981

Download here: [Editorial by Debra Howcroft and Phil Taylor] [Article 1] [Article 2]