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Working-Class Network SocietyCommunication Technology and the Information Have-Less in Urban China$
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Jack Linchuan Qiu

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780262170062

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262170062.001.0001

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Places and Community

Places and Community

(p.157) 6 Places and Community
Working-Class Network Society

Jack Linchuan Qiu

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This chapter presents an overview on the making of working-class communities where the information have-less and working-class information and communication technologies (ICTs) are most concentrated, specifically the concrete urban places where the information have-less live and work. It considers the urban village (chengzhongcun) and the factories. The chapter analyzes the commercial informational services in Shipai Village based on data collected from April to December 2007, and shows that the booming IT sector in Shipai Village positively affected the indigenous population. It also reveals that the cases of Foxconn and Uniden exhibit the possibility of change in Chinese factories. Workers in factory dormitories are now much less separated from urban society and much less atomized with the spread of working-class ICTs.

Keywords:   have-less ICTs, working-class ICTs, Shipai Village, Foxconn, Uniden, Chinese factories, urban society

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