Apple, Foxconn, and Chinese workers’ struggles from a global labor perspective

Ngai PUN, Yuan SHEN, Yuhua GUO, Huilin LU, Jenny CHAN*, Mark SELDEN

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Journal PublicationsJournal Article (refereed)peer-review

40 Citations (Scopus)


To enrich the discussion of global labor, between 2010 and 2016, we studied Apple’s value chain, Foxconn’s mode of labor control, and Chinese workers’ struggles. Through our fieldwork in China we also examined Apple’s and Foxconn’s responses to the spate of worker suicides, workers’ resistance, the activism of scholar and student groups, and transnational justice campaigns. We conclude with reflection on global labor studies in light of the debates between Karl Polanyi’s counter movement and Karl Marx’s class-based struggle.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)166-185
Number of pages20
JournalInter-Asia Cultural Studies
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2 Apr 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • Apple
  • Chinese workers
  • Foxconn
  • global labor studies
  • student and scholar activism


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