Dying for an iPhone: The Lives of Chinese Workers - Vortrag von Jenny Chan

Based on fieldwork in Guangdong and Sichuan provinces, Jenny Chan informs about the conditions of a new generation of Chinese workers and their collective actions to defend their rights and interests.



The spate of suicides during 2010 by young Foxconn workers aged between 17 and 25 threw a spotlight on the appalling working conditions endured by those creating the material devices on which the digital society depends. Jenny Chan investigates the lives of rural migrant workers and teenaged student interns at Taiwanese-owned Foxconn, the world’s largest maker of iPhones for Apple and other high profile buyers.




Jenny Chan works at the Department of Applied Social Sciences at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Prior to joining PolyU, she was a Lecturer of Sociology and Contemporary China Studies at the School of Interdisciplinary Area Studies, and a Junior Research Fellow of Kellogg College, University of Oxford.


Der Vortrag fand im Rahmen der Ringvorlesung „Globale Güterketten - Weltweite Arbeitsteilung und ungleiche Entwicklung“ statt.


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