Colette Guillaumin au Guandong : une sociologie historique de la force de travail féminine chinoise 1

Chinese capitalist development has highlighted the importance of the mobilization of young workers subjected to a disciplinary work regime in export industries integrated into the world market, the dagongmei. The author proposes a socio-historical analysis of the female workforce in which he suggests the economic importance of the appropriation of women’s bodies for Chinese families, he deduces that historically constituted sex relationships link the former sexual division of labor in Imperial China with the labor’s mode of regulation found in the special economic zones nowadays. As these sex relations are found at the very heart of capitalism, the author concludes that it is necessary to conceive capitalism and sexage on the same ontological level, that of social practices.

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