Tuesday, February 18, 2014

[Upcoming Seminar] Desiring the iPhone and Worker Suicide

Desiring the iPhone and Worker Suicide

Speaker: PUN Ngai
(Professor, Department of Applied Social Sciences, Hong Kong Polytechnic University)
Time: 12:30 p.m., Friday, 21 February 2014
Venue: Lecture Theatre 2, Mong Man Wai Building, CUHK

This talk is about Apple, Foxconn and workers’ struggles in China. It looks into Apple’s iPhone philosophy, Foxconn expansion and its impact on frontline workers’ lives in China. It also provides an account of the role of the state that facilitates Foxconn’s production regime and use of labor. Foxconn stands out in a new phenomenon of capital expansion because of its speed and scale of capital accumulation in all regions of China that is incomparable to other enterprises. As the world’s largest electronic factory, we explore how the Foxconn workers were subjected to work pressure and desperation that might lead to suicides on the one hand but also open up daily and collective resistances on the other hand.

The seminar will be conducted in English


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