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Labour-intensive industrialization in Hong Kong, 1950-70: a note on sources and methods

Clayton, D.W. (2006) Labour-intensive industrialization in Hong Kong, 1950-70: a note on sources and methods. Asia-Pacific Business Review, 12 (3). pp. 375-388. ISSN 1360-2381

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Abstract

This research note critiques published quantitative sources on employment in manufacturing enterprises during a crucial epoch of rapid industrialization, and uses newly discovered archival sources to investigate organizational dualism, the co-existence of labour and capital-intensive modes of production. New quantitative data demonstrates that a high proportion of the industrial workforce was employed in small enterprises, notably workshops using labour-intensive techniques. New surveys of two 'traditional' Hong Kong industries (rattan ware furniture and basket ware; and umbrella making) show that factory, workshop, and home-based production co-existed within the same sector across the whole period, 1950-70.

Item Type: Article
Institution: The University of York
Academic Units: The University of York > History (York)
Depositing User: York RAE Import
Date Deposited: 25 Aug 2009 16:41
Last Modified: 17 Mar 2010 14:13
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13602380600601539
Status: Published
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Identification Number: 10.1080/13602380600601539
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/5677

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