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Moving beyond cheap labour? : industrial and social upgrading in the garment and LED industries of the Pearl River Delta

Bewegung jenseits der billigen Arbeit : industrielle und soziale Ausstattung in den Bekleidungs- und LED-Industrien des Perlenflussdeltas
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Butollo, Florian

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Abstract "Based on field studies in the Pearl River Delta (PRD) in 2010 and 2011, specific paths of industrial upgrading in the garment and IT industries are identified. The analysis reveals that there exists a multiplicity of upgrading trajectories, all of which have different implications for skill development and the character of work. While the modernization of industries relies on the input of higher skilled work, primarily in the fields of R&D and marketing, this barely is the case with regard to manufacturing. While labour intensity in the examined cases is diminishing in absolute or relative terms, internal divisions between low-skilled and high-skilled work are reconfigured rather than overcome." (author's abstract)
Keywords China; socioeconomic development; industry; industrial plant; industrial settlement; industrial region; industrial culture; industrial relations; research and development; marketing; labor intensity; qualification; wage labor; Far East; developing country; Asia
Classification Working Conditions; Economic Policy
Method applied research; descriptive study; empirical; quantitative empirical
Document language English
Publication Year 2013
Page/Pages p. 139-170
Journal Journal of Current Chinese Affairs, 42 (2013) 4
Issue topic Rebalancing China's political economy
ISSN 1868-4874
Status Published Version; peer reviewed
Licence Creative Commons - Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works