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Chinese Labor in a Korean FactoryClass, Ethnicity, and Productivity on the Shop Floor in Globalizing China$
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Jaesok Kim

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780804784542

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804784542.001.0001

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The Making of Chinese Industrial Workers

The Making of Chinese Industrial Workers

(p.98) FOUR The Making of Chinese Industrial Workers
Chinese Labor in a Korean Factory

Jaesok Kim

Stanford University Press

Chapter Four looks into the transformation of rural Chinese women into industrial workers and the process through which management’s particular mode of labor discipline gradually penetrates their minds and bodies. Nawon’s foreign management departed from its initial methods based on the “universal” concepts of labor supervision and rational principles of reward and punishment, since it had to change disciplinary methods according to the workers’ reactions to them. Han-Chinese workers reacted to them with their own critical consciousness of a proper level of body discipline and work diligence. As management’s methods of labor discipline and punishment infringed on their ideas about proper discipline and work ethics, the workers developed their own tactics to evade management’s control. The chapter therefore shows that the actual process of labor discipline is a dialectical one that ultimately leads to the mutual transformation of workers and management.

Keywords:   body discipline, coevalness, collective misrecognition, collective punishment, collective inaction, communism, Confucianism, resistance, surveillance, village officials

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