Transnational Corporations and Working Conditions in Asia

Kowalewski, David
November 1986
Humanity & Society;Nov86, Vol. 10 Issue 4, p385
Academic Journal
This article examines the extent to which transnational corporations (TNC), operating in the periphery countries of Asia, present their labor forces with unsafe and unhealthy working conditions. The evidence suggests that suppositions of world systems theory have some validity. Core country TNC are found to present Asian non-elites with pesticide and chemical dangers, excessive heat and noise, and other adverse working conditions. A growing number of scholars have maintained that the diverse phenomena of international political economy can best be conceptualized under the rubric of world systems theory. Accordingly, advanced capitalist or core countries use their power to subjugate less developed or periphery ones for the sake of greater capital accumulation. This modern world system, which has been evidenced for the past half millennium, thereby, enables a small handful of core elites to benefit greatly from the exploitation of millions of periphery non-elites.


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