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Global "Body Shopping" by Biao Xiang

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Chapter 4

Business of “Branded Labor” in Sydney

At the time of my fieldwork in 2001, most body-shop operators in Sydney were those who migrated to Australia as permanent settlers between the 1980s and the early 1990s1 and had switched into the IT sector from other professions (particularly engineering). They had intended to set up businesses in software development and were pushed into body shopping after facing difficulties in expanding the Australian market for software products. Body shops in Sydney thus clearly differed from their counterparts in Hyderabad in the trajectory of development, but they also shared crucial commonalities, particularly the overlapping between body shopping and other business operations. This chapter traces how the ...

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