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.

Varieties of Localism

Varieties of localism
  • The agency of labour and organizing in place 159
  • Workers and local coalitions 165
  • Labour working in place with others 172
  • From ‘progressive’ to ‘regressive’ localism (and back again) 179
  • Summary 180

In the last chapter we explained how firms and pro-business regulatory bodies seek to set the conditions under which wage workers live and labour. And yet while workers might be experiencing declining living conditions in some places, they are not without agency. That is, workers, like firms and regulatory institutions, can act on their own or in alliance with others to secure better livelihoods. This capacity for agency tends to be downplayed in the influential discourse of globalization (the myths presented in Chapter 1), of which the idea of hegemonic despotism discussed in ...

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