Suicides, excessive overtime, hostility and violence on the factory floor in China. Drawing on vivid testimonies from rural migrant workers, student interns, managers and trade union staff, Dying for an iPhone
is a devastating expose of two of the world's most powerful companies: Foxconn and Apple.
As the leading manufacturer of iPhones, iPads and Kindles, and employing one million workers in China alone, Taiwanese-invested Foxconn's drive to dominate global electronics manufacturing has aligned perfectly with China's goal of becoming the world leader in technology. This book reveals the human cost of that ambition and what our demands for the newest and best technology mean for workers.
Foxconn workers have repeatedly demonstrated their power to strike at key nodes of transnational production, challenge management and the Chinese state, and confront global tech behemoths. Dying for an iPhone
allows us to assess the impact of global capitalism's deepening crisis on workers. 'Takes us to the dark side of Apple' -- Le Monde Diplomatique - Books of the Month 'Apple's CEO, Tim Cook, has said that his mission, and that of the company, is 'to serve humanity'; Dying for an iPhone
calls into question that aim and the ethics of our globalized economy as a whole.' -- Emily Kenway, Times Literary Supplement Deeply researched, comprehensively annotated and fuelled by anger. -- Mike Cormack, South China Morning Post An invaluable resource for anyone wishing to explore the abuses inherent in labour practices, both in China and in tech supply lines. -- Oliver Farry, Irish Times
Dying for an iPhone