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Goodbye iSlaveA Manifesto for Digital Abolition$
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Jack Linchuan Qiu

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780252040627

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252040627.001.0001

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Manufacturing iSlaves

Manufacturing iSlaves

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Goodbye iSlave

Jack Linchuan Qiu

University of Illinois Press

This chapter briefly introduces the two primary modes of iSlavery, which engender manufacturing iSlaves and manufactured iSlaves, respectively. The bulk of this chapter is devoted to labor issues in Foxconn, the world's most notorious sweatshop, in partnership with Apple and a long list of IT gadget brands. Here the chapter contends that the corporate practices are comparable, sometimes very similar indeed, to critical moments of seventeenth-century slavery, from the militarized “factories” to the Middle Passage to suicide-prevention nets. The chapter discusses lived experiences of workers, including testimonies from a work-injury case (Zhang Tingzhen) and a former employee (Tian Yu) who tried to take her life during the 2010 Foxconn Suicide Express.

Keywords:   iSlavery, manufacturing iSlaves, manufactured iSlaves, labor issues, Foxconn, suicide prevention, seventeenth-century slavery, worker injury

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