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Title: After the Foxconn suicides in China : a roundtable on labor, the state and civil society in global electronics
Authors: Chan, J 
Distelhorst, G
Kessler, D
Lee, J
Martin-Ortega, O
Pawlicki, P
Selden, M
Selwyn, B
Issue Date: 1-Mar-2022
Source: Critical sociology, 1 Mar. 2022, v. 48, no. 2, p, 211-233
Abstract: We seek to tackle myriad problems of a global production system in which China is the world’s largest producer and exporter of consumer electronics products. Dying for an iPhone simultaneously addresses the challenges facing Chinese workers while locating them within the global economy through an assessment of the relationship between Foxconn (the largest electronics manufacturer) and Apple (one of the richest corporations). Eight researchers from Asia, Europe and North America discuss two main questions: How do tech behemoths and the Chinese state shape labor relations in transnational manufacturing? What roles can workers, public sector buyers, non-governmental organizations and consumers play in holding multinational corporations and states accountable for human rights violations and assuring the protection of worker interests? We also reflect on the possibility that national governments, the electronics industry and civil society groups can collaborate to contribute to improved labor rights in China and the world.
Keywords: Suicide
Global electronics production
Global value chains
Labor rights
Migrant workers
Student interns
Corporate responsibility
Public procurement
The Chinese state
Publisher: Sage Publications
Journal: Critical sociology 
ISSN: 0896-9205
EISSN: 1569-1632
DOI: 10.1177/08969205211013442
Rights: This is the accepted version of the publication Chan J, Distelhorst G, Kessler D, et al. After the Foxconn Suicides in China: A Roundtable on Labor, the State and Civil Society in Global Electronics. Critical Sociology. 2022;48(2):211-233 Copyright © The Author(s) 2021. DOI: 10.1177/08969205211013442
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