Power and Domination in the Chinese Garment Workplace

  • Kaxton SiuEmail author
Part of the Series in Asian Labor and Welfare Policies book series (Series in Asian Labor and Welfare Policies)


In this chapter, I turn to the modes of domination inside a Chinese garment factory, focusing on factory management’s changing workplace strategies. An increasingly heterogeneous garment workforce containing more and more young male workers drove changes in management strategies. I show that management uses an array of new mechanisms to control various aspects of workers’ labor power. It becomes clear by the end of my inquiry of workplace domination that Chinese management is resorting to softer, personalized, and non-coercive workplace strategies.


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  1. 1.Hong Kong Polytechnic UniversityKowloonHong Kong

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