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.
Chapter three: Placing Labour in an Interdependent World
Placing Labour in an Interdependent World
- What makes a place? 64
- Placing workers 69
- Placing business: the territorial nature of production 75
- Local social regulation 79
- Grounding the worker-employer nexus 81
- Summary and prospect 84
Geography matters to workers. Workers, conversely, matter to geography. But what do we mean by ‘geography’? And in what senses does it ‘matter’ to workers (and vice versa)? These are questions we address in this and the following chapter. As we'll see, geography is anything but an ‘optional extra’ to our analysis. Instead, we treat it as what Harvey (1985b: xi) calls ‘an active element’. At first sight, this might strike you as a peculiar claim. After all, students of sociology, economics, politics and the like often think that geographers simply ...