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 nine: The Geographical Dilemmas of Justice
The Geographical Dilemmas of Justice
- Unresolvable problems? 234
- Contingent universals: finding a common ground 240
- Normative standpoints and critical researchers 246
In the previous eight chapters we have tried to show how and why geography matters to workers and workers to geography. After a scene-setting Chapter 1, Chapter 2 explored the social dimensions of labour, while the rest of Part One inserted these into a geographical landscape of difference and similarity, of uneven development and reciprocal dependence. The concepts of place, space and scale, we argued in Part One, help us understand just what the problems and possibilities for wage workers are in the early twenty-first century. In Parts Two and Three we explored these threats and opportunities by way of case studies drawn ...