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.
|Presenter||STEVE FRENKEL*, , Shahid Rahman, BRAC University, Bangladesh, After Rana Plaza: Governance Forms, Processes and Labor Outcomes in Bangladesh’s Garment Export Factories||20||5:00 PM|
|Presenter||Liam Campling*, Queen Mary University of London, James Harrison, School of Law, Warwick University, Ben Richardson, School of Politics and International Studies, Warwick University, Adrian Smith, School of Geography, Queen Mary University of London , Trade-based Integration and South Korea’s Automotive Labour Regime||20||5:20 PM|
|Presenter||Joe Buckley*, SOAS, University of London, Informalising formal labour in Vietnamese garment production||20||5:40 PM|
|Discussant||Adrian Smith Queen Mary, University of London||20||6:00 PM|
|Discussant||Jennifer Bair University of Virginia||20||6:20 PM|
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