The Social System Since The 1950 ' S Essay

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In chapter 7, the author explains the social system implemented in China and how that system led to the factory system in place today. In the 1950’s, the Hukou system was created and implemented to “support economic plans in new communist China” (106). The system was one that regulated the social and economic behavior of the people in China. People regulated to farming and country life were not allowed in the cities. While this rule weakened over time, people who were confined to one place for a long time were desperate to change the work they did and the life they lived. As the rules weakened, people were moving to the cities and were happy to work in factories even with the conditions and little pay. The factory system gave people, especially women, autonomy that they couldn’t gain at home and so they prefer working in these factories than working on the farm ensuring a labor force. The author then looks at many of the countries that started with the mill system and “lost the race to the bottom” (118). These countries like England, America and Japan are some of the most advanced countries today but they all have a common background as their beginnings started with the mill system. In chapter eight, Rivoli explains that activists have “raised the bottom” (121). She explains that while governments, activists, religious leaders, international organizations and workers fight against CEO’s of big companies, in reality, both sides need each other. Every time a new idea is

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