Spaces of Work is an accessible examination of the role of labour in the modern world. The authors critically assess the present condition and future prospects for workers through the geographies of place, space and scale, and in conjunction with other more commonly studied components of the globalisation such as production, trade and finance. Each chapter presents examples of labour practice from around the world, and across multiple sectors of work, not just Western manufacturing. In addition, the book features: · further reading section with key questions · glossary of key terms · short summaries of the main theoretical approaches · guide to further learning resouces Spaces of Work is a key book for all social scientists interested in the contemporary state of labour, and the scope for progressive change within the capitalist system. Students of human geography, sociology, international political economy, economics and cultural studies will all find this an invaluable text.


  • Working lives: some stories 1
  • Similarities and differences 5
  • The uneven geography of wage labour 10
  • Starting points: global capitalism or globalization? 16
  • The politics of a word: myths of globalization 18

Working Lives: Some Stories

This book is about real people who live, learn and labour in real places. It's about lives made, derailed or shattered depending on the capacity of workers to attract, retain or follow opportunities for paid employment. In a very literal sense, it's a book about all of us. Its starting point is the elemental fact that the overwhelming majority of people who work for a living in our world do so in return for a wage. These people, in effect, become commodities for definite periods of daily, weekly, monthly and yearly time. Their capacity ...

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