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Labor, Class Formation, and China's Informationized Policy of Economic Development

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Recognizing China as the leading growth outlet in the contemporary global economy and informationization as a strategic trend of China's economic development, Labor, Class Formation, and China's Informationized Policy of Economic Development examines crucial connections between the evolving political economy of information and Communications technology (ICT) and the reconstitution of class relations in China. Focusing specifically on the late 1980s through 2008, Yu Hong situates China's ICT development at the ...

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Overview

Recognizing China as the leading growth outlet in the contemporary global economy and informationization as a strategic trend of China's economic development, Labor, Class Formation, and China's Informationized Policy of Economic Development examines crucial connections between the evolving political economy of information and Communications technology (ICT) and the reconstitution of class relations in China. Focusing specifically on the late 1980s through 2008, Yu Hong situates China's ICT development at the intersection of transnational trends, domestic policies, and institutional arrangements in order to show-how evolving class relations in the ICT sector are shaped by and shaping the transnational capitalist dynamics and domestic socioeconomic transformations. Furthermore, Hong argues that as China emerges as a global ICT manufacturing powerhouse, the huge and still expanding pool of Chinese ICT workers and their newly attained identities-as wage labor rather than consumers-constitute a missing but important dimension of human experiences in the rise of the "information society." Labor, Class Formation, and China's Informationized Policy of Economic Development's timely and comprehensive analysis will make it of interest to both communication and Asian studies scholars alike.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780739137260
  • Publisher: Lexington Books
  • Publication date: 3/31/2011
  • Pages: 322
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Yu Hong is assistant professor in the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism at University of Southern California.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

1 Introduction 1

2 The Political Economy of Chinese ICT Development in the Globalization Era 31

3 The Composition of ICT Workforces and its Indications of China's Developmental Strategy 95

4 Procurement, Management, and Discipline 135

5 Practices and Identities of Migrant Workers: Between Lived Experiences and Past Memories 183

6 Will Chinese ICT Workers Unite?: New Signs of Change in the Aftermath of the Global Economic Crisis 221

7 Conclusion: Sites, Possibilities, and Uncertainties of Revising the ICT-Driven Neoliberal Development in 2008 and After 245

Methodological Appendixes 259

Bibliography 283

Index 309

About the Author 313

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