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By Biao Xiang

How can America's info know-how (IT) are expecting severe exertions shortages whereas whilst shedding tens of hundreds of thousands of staff every year? the answer's the industry's versatile exertions administration system--a flexibility largely considered as the modus operandi of world capitalism this day. Global "Body Shopping" explores how flexibility and uncertainty within the IT hard work marketplace are built and sustained via concrete human actions.

Drawing on in-depth box learn in southern India and in Australia, and folding an ethnography right into a political economic climate exam, Xiang Biao deals a richly certain research of the India-based international exertions administration perform referred to as "body shopping." during this perform, a bunch of consultants--body shops--in diversified nations works jointly to recruit IT staff. physique outlets then farm out staff to consumers as project-based exertions; and upon a project's of completion they both position the staff with a special customer or "bench" them to wait for the subsequent placement. therefore, hard work is controlled globally to serve unstable capital movement.

Underpinning this tradition are unequal socioeconomic family members on a number of degrees. whereas wealth within the New economic climate is created in an more and more summary demeanour, daily realities--stock markets in ny, benched IT staff in Sydney, dowries in Hyderabad, and ladies and youngsters in Indian villages--sustain this flexibility.

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