Jiagongchang Household Workshops as Marginal Hubs of Women's Subcontracted Labour in Guangzhou, China

Journal Article (Journal Article)

This article introduces South China's jiagongchang household workshops as marginal hubs of affective and industrial labour, which are produced by migrant women's yearnings for people and places far away. Temporary sites and precarious forms of low-wage production serve as fragmented and provisional resources of sociality and labour as migrant workers and urban villages gradually become incorporated within the urban fabric. The unrequited longings of migrant women who work in factories and as caretakers demonstrate how marginal hubs are created through disjunctures of emplacement and mobility, which are intensified as these women attempt to bridge the contradictions entailed in care work and industrial labour across the supply chains.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Chu, N

Published Date

  • May 1, 2019

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 53 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 800 - 821

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1469-8099

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0026-749X

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1017/S0026749X17000919

Citation Source

  • Scopus