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Dying for an iPhone

Apple, Foxconn and the Lives of China’s Workers

Jenny Chan, Mark Selden, Pun Ngai

Where did your phone come from?

Who made it?

This book tells the story of the people who make iPhones, iPads and Kindles, driving the huge profits of two of the world’s most powerful companies – Foxconn and Apple – and the implications for global consumers.

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Dying for an iPhone is published in South Korea as follows:
Title in Hangul: 아이폰을 위해 죽다
Publication date: Oct 23th 2021
Retail Price: 18,000 KRW

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this book offers the most comprehensive analysis of Foxconn, the world’s largest electronics factory: its bleak landscape, dire consequences, and inspiring efforts to change it for the better.”

Jack Linchuan Qiu
Author of Goodbye iSlave: A Manifesto for Digital Abolition


  • Labour conflict, forms of organization and class

    Call for papers

    Internationally coordinated themed collection sponsored by

    Global Labour Journal
    Partecipazione e Conflitto
    Revista Latinoamericana de Estudios del Trabajo
    The Economic and Labour Relations Review


    Maurizio Atzeni, Centre for Labour Relations, CEIL/CONICET, Argentina
    Jenny Chan, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong
    Devi Sacchetto, University of Padua, Italia

    Internationally coordinated themed collection

    In this proposed collection, we aim to include papers exploring different forms of workers’ conflict and organization, and their relation to emerging forms of collective solidarity. We welcome labour scholars of different disciplinary traditions. We are particularly interested in the following areas: 

    • how the intersections between the spheres of production and reproduction shape or are shaped by labour conflict;
    • the labour process in economic circuits providing essential services, such as logistics, food processing, health, and care;
    • the role of the state in facilitating migration and proletarianization, labour legislation, and collective rights protections;
    • the roles of the social composition of the labour force (by gender, race, nationality, legal status) and working-class culture and politics on the forms of workers’ organizations;
    • formal/informal work and labour regimes in border areas, special economic zones, economic clusters, global commodity chains, and production circuits;
    • welfare and social security policies and their role in supporting or managing labour conflict;
    • new technologies and new forms of control and solidarity;
    • workers’ structural power and working-class composition at choke points in logistic chains;
    • intersections between the struggles of social movements and labour movements; and
    • intersections between the spatiality of labour processes, accumulation models, and national politics in creating opportunities for workers’ mobilization.


    Abstracts (500 words): 30 November 2021

    For inquires and further information:  conflictandclass2021@jasontch