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.

Dis/Placing Labour
Dis/placing labour
  • Workers on the move: the worlds of labour migration 187
  • Regulating migration 191
  • Migration as a geographical strategy 198
  • The many sides of migration 204
  • Conclusion 208

In Part Two we explained and illustrated the difference that place makes to workers in the contemporary world. The place-based, and sometimes place-bound, nature of workers’ existence can, as we have shown, put them on the back foot (Chapter 5) or else compel them to take a proactive stance in defence of their home places (Chapter 6). In Part Three we wish to change the geographical focus. As explained in Part One, a geographical strategy that workers can employ to improve their life conditions is to ‘up-scale’ their actions and command space. In this and the following chapter we explore ...

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