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Ghost Protocol: Development and Displacement in Global China

Edited by
Carlos Rojas
Carlos Rojas

Carlos Rojas is Professor of Chinese Cultural Studies; Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies; and Arts of the Moving Image at Duke University. He is the author, editor, and translator of several books, most recently Homesickness: Culture, Contagion, and National Transformation in Modern China.

Ralph A. Litzinger is Associate Professor of Cultural Anthropology at Duke University and the author of Other Chinas: The Yao and the Politics of National Belonging, also published by Duke University Press.

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Ralph A. Litzinger
Ralph A. Litzinger

Carlos Rojas is Professor of Chinese Cultural Studies; Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies; and Arts of the Moving Image at Duke University. He is the author, editor, and translator of several books, most recently Homesickness: Culture, Contagion, and National Transformation in Modern China.

Ralph A. Litzinger is Associate Professor of Cultural Anthropology at Duke University and the author of Other Chinas: The Yao and the Politics of National Belonging, also published by Duke University Press.

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Duke University Press
ISBN electronic:
978-0-8223-7402-2
Publication date:
2016
Book Chapter

Temporal-Spatial Migration: Workers in Transnational Supply-Chain Factories

By
Lisa Rofel
Lisa Rofel
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Published:
August 2016

This essay addresses the extent to which export-oriented factories in the textile and garment industries have a specific mode of mediating migrant workers’ experiences of inequality (in its broadest sense), their moral valuation of their labor, and their desires. All of these elements have been shaped in the aftermath of what is generally labeled the postsocialist era, which includes China’s entry into the World Trade Organization and its subsequent intensive capitalist take-off. The essay examines the imbrication of three related forces in workers’ lives: origin stories in relation to the recent socialist past, affective engagements with temporality, and transnational encounters. The essay emphasizes the distinctiveness of the way migrant workers engage these three intertwined forces—in contrast with entrepreneurs and government officials. The approach to global capitalism more broadly in the argument emphasizes cultural histories, (nonessentialized) subjectivities, and situated social action.

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