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An ethnography of a new electronics factory in southern China, showing how rural girls are made into compliant factory workers.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix
Introduction 1
1. State Meets Capital: The Making and Unmaking of a New Chinese Working Class 23
2. Marching from the Village: Women's Struggles between Work and Family 49
3. The Social Body, the Art of Discipline and Resistance 77
4. Becoming Dagongmei: Politics of Identities and Differences 109
5. Imagining Sex and Gender in the Workplace 133
6. Scream, Dream, and Transgression in the Workplace 165
7. Approaching a Minor Genre of Resistance 189
Notes 197
References 205
Index 219

About the Author

Pun Ngai is Assistant Professor in the Division of Social Science at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. She is coeditor of Remaking Citizenship in Hong Kong: Community, Nation, and the Global City and the founder and chair of the Chinese Working Women Network, a grassroots organization of migrant women factory workers in China.For more information regarding the Chinese Working Women Network, please click here.


"Right now, anything that happens in China's economy affects all of us. Pun Ngai's book should be required reading. It is jam-packed with richly drawn and provocative insights mined from her field work as a 'factory girl' in the midst of South China's migrant workers."-- Andrew Ross, author of Low Pay, High Profile: The Global Push for Fair Labor "Made in China is a passionate, engaged ethnography. Pun Ngai provides us with a searing critique of how global capital, with the collusion of the Chinese state, is turning China into the sweatshop of the world. Her ethnography is a moving and angry description of the lives of young migrant women, who are the guts of this process. Through Pun's ethnographic eye, these women come alive as active subjects who confront the pain and trauma of the social violence inflicted on them in a complex poetics of transgression."--Lisa Rofel, author of Other Modernities: Gendered Yearnings in China after Socialism

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