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Informalising Labour in Asia's Global Factory

Chang, Dae-Oup (2009) 'Informalising Labour in Asia's Global Factory.' Journal of Contemporary Asia, 39 (2). pp. 161-179.

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Abstract

This article analyses the way in which informality becomes the common feature of capitalist labour in globalising Asia. As the mobility of capital has developed, different industries and production processes are now neatly interwoven. This transnationally co-ordinated capitalism subjugates almost all of Asia’s population to the expanding circuit of capital that builds hierarchical forms of the division of labour for the creation and realisation of profit. In this ‘‘global factory,’’ capitalist labour becomes the common basis of living for the people of Asia. At the same time, the global factory gives a particular informal nature to capitalist labour and changes its social form in Asian societies as mobile capital requires flexible and disposable forms of capitalist labour. Throughout Asia, unwaged workers and workers in informal employment are increasing in number. These workers lack legal, institutional and, most of all, union protection. It is urgent for the labour movement in Asia to develop a new organising and solidarity strategy that addresses the comprehensive recomposition of labour.

Item Type: Journal Articles
Keywords: Global factory, mobile capital, social labour, informalisation of labour, labour movement
SOAS Departments & Centres: Faculty of Law and Social Sciences > Department of Development Studies
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
ISSN: 00472336
Copyright Statement: copyright Journal of Contemporary Asia
DOI (Digital Object Identifier): 10.1080/00472330902723766
Depositing User: Dae-Oup Chang
Date Deposited: 13 Mar 2009 09:42
URI: http://eprints.soas.ac.uk/id/eprint/6742

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