International capital on "Silicon Plateau": Work and control in India's computer industry

Monica Prasad*

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If workers in industrialized countries lose out when jobs "go overseas" do workers in developing countries benefit when jobs "come from overseas"? This article uses the recent influx of foreign capital into India's computer industry to show how new forms of control of labor can prevent workers in developing countries from capturing all the benefits that workers in industrialized countries lose as a result of foreign investment. In the Indian case the economic integration of markets - a feature of "late" capitalism -has recreated the Tayloristproduction dynamics associated with an earlier era, and a new kind of "invisible deskilling" has limited the potential of job growth in the industry.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)429-452
Number of pages24
JournalSocial Forces
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 1 1998


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • History
  • Anthropology
  • Sociology and Political Science

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