Global Body Shopping An Indian Labor System in the Information Technology Industry

ISBN-10: 0691118523
ISBN-13: 9780691118529
Edition: 2007
Authors: Biao Xiang
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Description: How can America's IT industry predict serious labour shortages while at the same time lay off thousands of employees per year? The answer is the industry's flexible labour management system. This work explores how flexibility and uncertainty in the  More...

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Book details

List price: $32.95
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 11/26/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 208
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.704
Language: English

How can America's IT industry predict serious labour shortages while at the same time lay off thousands of employees per year? The answer is the industry's flexible labour management system. This work explores how flexibility and uncertainty in the IT market are constructed and sustained through concrete human actions.

List of Illustrations, Tables, Boxes
Acronyms
Prologue: A Stranger's Adventure
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Body Shopping: Brief Overview
Ethnicization, Individualization, and Transnationalization
Structure of the Book
The Global Niche for Body Shopping
"Financial Democracy" and the Virtual Shortage of IT Labor
War for IT Talent and Wall of Regulation
Producing "IT People" in Andhra
"D-Shops" and "T-Shops"
"Have Lands in Andhra, Have a House in Hyderabad, and Have a Job in America"
Producing IT People as a Family Business
Selling "Bodies" and Selling Jobs
Fee-Paying Workers and Body Shops in Hyderabad
India as the Nexus of Global Body Shopping
Business of "Branded Labor" in Sydney
"Marketing and Development Are Totally Different Stories"
"Only Indians Can Handle Indians"
Overlapping Businesses
Same Roof, Different Hats
Agent Chains and Benching
Differentiated Circles
"Indians Are the Most Dangerous Ones!"
Overbooking Seats on the Bench
Compliant Bodies?
Interlocks between Body Shops and Community Associations
Workers as Intermediaries
Relations among Workers: Support Yes, Solidarity No
The Way Out
The World System of Body Shopping
The United States of America: "Mecca for IT People"
Global Gateways: Singapore, Malaysia, and the Middle East
U.S. Satellites: The Caribbean and Latin America
New Frontiers: "Sind Sie Inder?" and "Is There a German Dream?"
Ending Remarks: The "Indian Triangle" in the Global IT Industry
The Remembered Fieldwork Sites: Impressions and Images
Biographical Index of Informants
Notes
References
Index

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