Long Hours, No Pay? – Electronics Manufacturing in China and IndiaVIEW EVENT DETAILS
Can Electronics Be Made in a Socially Sustainable Way?
The events, commonly referred to as ‘riots’, that transpired in December at the Wistron manufacturing plant in Bengaluru, India, have once again put the spotlight on the plight of workers in electronics manufacturing. This is reminiscent of the series of suicides, suicide attempts and subsequent struggles at Foxconn complexes in China that had sparked global outrage a decade ago. As a result of this, the alarming working conditions at factories like these came to light. However, the debate over these issues has all but subsided during the past five years.
Can we expect that working conditions within the industry will change for the better? What are the factors that led to these patterns of mistreatment in either country? And is it possible to manufacture electronics in a socially sustainable way?
As consumers and investors are increasingly looking into sustainability as a key metric of their decision making, we take a closer look at social sustainability within the electronics industry – an aspect oftentimes overlooked.
For this, we are joined by Dr. Jenny Chan, Assistant Professor at Hong Kong Polytechnic University and co-author of Dying for an IPhone: Apple, Foxconn, and The Lives of China's Workers, and Dr. Neethi P., researcher at the Indian Institute for Human Settlements (IIHS) and author of Globalization lived locally: A labour geography perspective.
Jenny Chan is an assistant professor of sociology and a committee member of the China Research and Development Network, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. She is the coauthor, with Mark Selden and Pun Ngai, of Dying for an iPhone: Apple, Foxconn, and the Lives of China’s Workers (Haymarket Books & Pluto Press, 2020). She also serves as a vice president of the International Sociological Association’s Research Committee on Labour Movements (2018-2022). Her research, currently funded by the Early Career Scheme of the Research Grants Council of Hong Kong, focuses on labor, class, and the Chinese state in an era of oligopolistic globalization.
Neethi P. has received her doctoral degree in Economics from Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi, India. She was a Fulbright DPR visiting scholar at the University of Georgia in the United States during her doctoral study. Her current affiliation is with the Indian Institute for Human Settlements (IIHS), Bengaluru, India. Neethi’s teaching and research interests pertain to globalisation and informal labour. Striving to understand the nuances of everyday labour relations, Neethi focuses on informal workers and various forms and responses from upcoming alternative labour associations, exploring intersections of caste, class, gender, and urbanity, within informal work. Her research has covered sectors including garment, electronics, ports, home-based work, street vendors, sanitation workers, mill workers, and sex workers. In addition to publishing in various international journals, Neethi has authored Globalization Lived Locally: A Labour Geography Perspective, published by Oxford University Press in 2016. Her upcoming co-authored book, under process with Cambridge University Press, focuses on neoliberal urban transition and the everyday challenges of street-based sex workers in Bengaluru, based on ethnographic work.
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