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Factory Girls Chapter Summary

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The theory of the modern world system introduced by E. Wallerstein is a theory that demonstrates a social system that classifies the globe’s nations under the categories of core nations, periphery nations and semi-periphery nations. This theory helps to explain a global economy that is made up of smaller components. China falls under semi-periphery, which is a nation that is a combination of the core and periphery categories. Semi-peripheral nations tend to be industrialized and because of this most of these countries are capitalists. Semi-peripheral nations also serve to negotiate interactions between the core and periphery nations. In Factory Girls, Leslie Chang, a Chinese American journalist, writes about her experience following the lives of Chunming and Min, two migrant factory workers working in Dongguan a well known industrial city in Southern China. To express China’s economic growth, Chang utilizes her conversations with Chunming and Min about their history and future. Living in the city starts off as a culture shock for the girls, but it eventually wares off as they get assimilated to city life and working. Even though these people are leaving, they send money to help …show more content…

In this essay, the author

  • Explains the theory of the modern world system introduced by e. wallerstein, which demonstrates a social system that classifies the globe’s nations under the categories of core nations, periphery nations and semi-peripheries.
  • Analyzes how leslie chang, a chinese american journalist, writes about her experience following the lives of chunming and min, two migrant factory workers working in dongguan.
  • Analyzes how chang describes the living conditions as a cramped dormitory. the typical factory worker is nave and uneducated, believing that if they say something, they will lose their wages.
  • Analyzes how friendships are difficult to make and maintain in the ever-changing world of factory life. this statement alone describes the isolation and loneliness that many migrant workers face.
  • Analyzes how employers discriminate when it comes to hiring new workers. they warn off people from different provinces, which means there are vacancies.

Many workers do not complain about the poor working conditions and one of the main reasons factory owners are able to get away with this is because the typical factory worker is naïve and uneducated. They believe that if they say something, then they will lose the wages they receive. Most factory workers have family counting on them to send money and working in the factory pays better than having a rural job. “Across the Chinese countryside, those plowing and harvesting the fields are elderly men and women, charged with running the farm and caring for the younger children who are still in school. Money sent home by the migrants is already the biggest source of wealth accumulation in rural China” (Chang, 2008, p.

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