PUN Ngai, Associate Professor at Hong Kong Polytechnic University and Deputy Director of Peking U-PolyU Joint Social Work Research Center, will present on Tuesday afternoon her work “A New Age of World Factory: Monopoly Capital and the Struggle of the New Generation of Chinese Workers” (25 October at 5pm. Room G.03, 20 Cromer Terrace; all welcome).
This work looks at the historical development of Foxconn Technology Group as a case to demonstrate the advent of rapid capital expansion in China and its impacts on the lives of Chinese workers. It also provides an account of the role of the state that facilitates to Foxconn’s production expansion as a form of monopoly capital. Foxconn is important and typical of this phenomenon due to its speed and scale of capital accumulation in all regions of China which is incomparable to extant enterprises. She argues that this new form of capital generates a global factory regime and a distinctive managerial mode that further leads to workers’ suffering from work pressure, anxieties and desperation at an unprecedented level.
On Wednesday is a second chance to speak with Ngai over lunch (1.30 pm in the boardroom at 14 Cromer Terrace). The lunch meeting is in particular for PhD students (and MBAs) but other staff are invited as well. If you would like to attend the lunch, please email Jenni Rauch: firstname.lastname@example.org by 4pm today. Places for lunch are limited and will be given at a first-come, first-serve basis.