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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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Pitfalls of Globalization

Pitfalls of Globalization

Local Connections and Their Impact on the Factory Regime

(p.167) SIX Pitfalls of Globalization
Chinese Labor in a Korean Factory

Jaesok Kim

Stanford University Press

Chapter Six examines the increasing tension between the Korean management and the Chinese government officials against the backdrop of the “merger of the black and the white,” a case of post-socialist malaise. The benefits offered by local officials to management increasingly took on an unofficial nature, as management increasingly relied on “special” support from village officials such as tip-offs about government inspections of the factory. Management’s growing reliance on the special support, however, allowed the local power holders to intervene in the factory’s operations. As the local intervention grew to an alarming level, management attempted to restore the principle of “independent management.” The tension between management and the officials culminated in the sudden death of a plant manager of the factory. The collision transformed the existing mode of global-local collaboration in the factory, eroding the tripartite collusion among the management, the village officials, and a local gang.

Keywords:   corruption, gangs, gift exchange, localization, patron-client relationship, post-socialism, price-squeezing, special economic zones (SEZs), village officials

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