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Publication - Dr Rutvica Andrijasevic

    Transgressing North-South divide

    Foxconn Production Regimes in China and the Czech Republic


    Andrijasevic, R, Pun, N & Sacchetto, D, 2019, ‘Transgressing North-South divide: Foxconn Production Regimes in China and the Czech Republic’. Critical Sociology.


    In Europe, as elsewhere in the global North, the label “Made in China” has become synonymous with low wages, excessive overtime, and exploitative working conditions. Conventional literature on the international division of labor reifies the North–South divide in particular with respect to class formation and labor agency. Contrasting the working conditions in China to those in Europe sets these up as opposites in their managerial practices and treatment of the workforce. This article challenges such dualism and makes visible the commonalities of contemporary global capitalism. It does so by examining Foxconn’s production regimes in China and the Czech Republic and identifying a specific set of strategies on the part of the firm that enable its global organization of production. In indicating which practices Foxconn imported from China and which are an outcome of global extended production, the article challenges the Chinese political economy literature that posits the “Chinese model” as warranted when production is globally organized.

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