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Working for two bosses: Student interns as constrained labour in China

Abstract:

Based on interviews with students and teachers at one electronics company, we analyse the use of student interns to do regular manufacturing work in China. We argue that student workers need to be seen as a distinct category of constrained labour; part of a growing insecure workforce in China. We find that students enrolled in vocational schools are moved into internships, without their consent, to suit the needs of employers. This results in a misalignment between interns and their area of s...

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Publication status:
Published
Peer review status:
Peer reviewed

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10.1177/0018726714557013

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Department:
Oxford, SSD, SIAS, Contemporary Chinese Studies
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Grant:
Reid Research Scholarship (2009– 2012)
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Publisher:
SAGE Publisher's website
Journal:
Human Relations Journal website
Volume:
68
Issue:
2
Pages:
305-326
Publication date:
2015-01-01
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EISSN:
1741-282X
ISSN:
0018-7267
URN:
uuid:650bef39-af97-48d8-8caf-aa33dd072444
Source identifiers:
559399
Local pid:
pubs:559399

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