Retail Streets: Recruiting Low-Skilled Migrants in Villages
This chapter explores the recruitment of factory labor on a retail street in an urbanizing village. Industrialists send their recruiters to the street to carry out a recruitment process in which factories collaborate with village collectives but compete with each other. Gong examines the urban form of the village, the changing socioeconomic environment of factory job-seeking, and the details of the recruitment process to show that collaboration and contestation by the authorities ensure better recruitment outcomes. Gong argues that street recruitment of factory labor functions as a “filter” to include as many low-skilled migrants as possible yet exclude those whom industrialists regard as the unqualified.
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