Engendering Production Politics in Global Capitalism

Ching Kwan Lee

in Gender and the South China Miracle

Published by University of California Press

Published in print January 1998 | ISBN: 9780520211254
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520920040 | DOI:
Engendering Production Politics in Global Capitalism

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South China is one of the many “borderlands” bearing the imprint of global capitalism. It is a literal borderland of national boundaries, straddling a colony of Britain and a Chinese province, as well as a metaphorical borderland of social systems and categories. Like other regions within Asian nations that are designated as “special economic zones” and “free trade zones,” the political economy of the borderland defies conventional categorization as socialist, capitalist, or colonial. It is out of such conjunctures of different and often fluid conditions of life and practices that borderlands are constituted and economic miracles are made. The south China miracle is a case in point. This chapter reconstructs an analytical framework from a triangulation of three traditions of scholarly works: Marxism and labor process theories, feminism research on gender and work, and studies on Chinese women. It highlights the major insights and lingering impacts of the labor process theories, relevance, and limitations.

Keywords: China; borderlands; capitalism; Britain; economy; Marxism; labor; feminism

Chapter.  8074 words. 

Subjects: Gender and Sexuality

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