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.
Up-Scaling Worker Action
- Transcending the local: national unionism 212
- A new worker internationalism: borderless solidarity 215
- Beyond workers: social movement politics 224
- ‘Progressive’ translocalism? 227
- Summary 229
In the previous two chapters we have presented examples of wage workers using geographical strategies to effect change in the conditions under which they live and labour. However, in many cases the kind of place-based action discussed in Chapter 6 is insufficient, while migration, as set out in Chapter 7, is neither possible nor desirable. This raises a question: can workers remain in place and yet act translocally in order to further their local needs and wants (or those of others elsewhere)? As this chapter will show, the answer is emphatically ‘yes’. If the case studies in Chapter 6 demonstrated that ...