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.

The Social Relations of Labour: Working in a Capitalist World

The social relations of labour: Working in a capitalist world
  • Defining capitalist labour: workers as pseudo-commodities 27
  • Situating labour in the capitalist production process 29
  • Capitalist-worker relations: a field of tensions 36
  • The social regulation of the employer-worker nexus 40
  • Multiplying the actors: the role of ‘internal’ and ‘non-capitalist’ differences 49
  • Segmented labour markets, segmented workers 55
  • The complex politics of wage workers 60
  • Summary and prospect 61

Wage labour is a profoundly social activity. It is anything but a dry, technical process of assembling materials, making goods or delivering services. Even the most mundane, repetitive act of production implicates wage labourers in a number of ‘vertical’ and ‘horizontal’ social relationships with employers and fellow labourers respectively. It also entails links with groups and ...

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