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.

Spacing and Scaling Labour

Spacing and scaling labour
  • From place to space (and back again) 86
  • The difference that scale makes 96
  • Bringing it all together? Local labour control regimes 115
  • Workers, geographical politics and geographical dilemmas 118
  • Summary and prospect 122

In Chapter 3 we saw how workers, production, and regulatory mechanisms are all very much ‘placed’, in the sense that they ultimately interact locally and in the workplace. We now move on to develop our geographical argument in four stages. First, we show how translocal relations and institutions stretched over a wider space are increasingly influencing what happens at the local level. Second, we argue that translocal relations and institutions are scaled from the local to the global, and that this scaling decisively affects what happens to workers locally ...

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