Labour Regimes and Global Systems of Production and Reproduction I

Type: Paper
Sponsor Groups: Economic Geography Specialty Group
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Day: 4/5/2019
Start / End Time: 1:10 PM / 2:50 PM (Eastern Standard Time)
Room: Hampton Room, Omni, East
Organizers: Adrian Smith, Liam Campling
Chairs: Liam Campling


Recent years have seen a resurgence of interest in the question of labour in critical human geography. In economic and development geography this has partly taken the form of a concern to understand the role that labour regimes play in the structuring, organisation and dynamics of globalised systems of production and reproduction. Labour regimes are seen as historically formed, multi-scalar phenomena resulting from the articulation of struggles over local social relations, often intersecting (directly or indirectly) with the commercial demands of lead-firms in globalised production networks, and with the gendered and racialized politics of social reproduction. Drawing inspiration from a long-standing debate in development studies, political sociology and feminist political economy, the focus on labour regimes is enabling a re-invigoration of the “labour geography” framework which emerged in the 1990s. This set of sessions develops further this emerging field of intellectual enquiry by examining the nature, role, constitution and dynamics of labour regimes in globalising capitalism. In particular the papers in the sessions aim to examine the ways in which the conjunctural and contingent formation of labour regimes in place matter for the organisation of systems of production and reproduction.


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Tom Barratt*, Edith Cowan University, Susan McGrath-Champ, The University of Sydney, Adrian Smith, Queen Mary University of London, Labour and global production: the (mis)combination of workers and theories of global production networks 20 1:10 PM
Presenter Elena Baglioni*, Queen Mary University of London, Disciplining women at the bottom of global value chains. Labour control and resistance in households and factories in Senegalese export horticulture. 20 1:30 PM
Presenter Tod Rutherford*, Syracuse University, Consent, High Performance Work Systems and Trade Unions in Automotive Global Production Networks: The case of UNIFOR in Southern Ontario, Canada 20 1:50 PM
Presenter Greta Steenvoorden*, , The missing piece: A bottom-up perspective in social sustainability governance 20 2:10 PM
Presenter Ashok Kumar*, Birkbeck University of London, Logics of Power in the Value Chain Monopsony, Share of Value, and Labor’s Bargaining 20 2:30 PM

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