Labour geography “beyond the core” I: Re-defining and Re-theorising Labour and Work

Type: Virtual Paper
Sponsor Groups: Economic Geography Specialty Group, Asian Geography Specialty Group
Poster #:
Day: 4/10/2021
Start / End Time: 1:30 PM / 2:45 PM (PDT)
Room: Virtual 38
Organizers: Debolina Majumder
Chairs: Michelle Buckley

Call for Submissions

If interested, please send an abstract of ~250 words to Debolina Majumder ( by Oct 15th. Please feel free to get in touch with any questions and comments.


Paper Session I of Labour Geography "beyond the core'": Retheorising Labour and Working Life

The “green shoots” of a new phase of labour geography have begun to push through as the field moves “beyond the ‘core’ workers of ‘core’ countries” (214). Rather than expansion for expansion’s sake and the ‘discovery’ of ‘new’ subjects, moving ‘beyond the core’ has allowed geographers of work and labour to grapple with the informal sector, varieties of unwaged work, and other spaces outside the discipline’s traditional focus areas. However, calls for “recombinant” labour geography (Peck 2018) and reminders of the field’s disinterest in ontological and epistemological questioning (Strauss 2018), necessitate further discussion on why and how the expanding field of labour geography can continue to critically contribute to academic debate and political action.

This paper session seeks to stimulate dialogue between labour scholars, by focusing on theoretical, ontological, and methodological innovations which can allow labour geography to continue to move both beyond the core countries and workers and across its internal boundaries. How might changes in who is studied as a worker and what is studied as work (Strauss 2018), influence the process of doing labour geography? How can we encourage a “dialogic deepening” (Peck 2018) between the various diverging sectors of labour geography?

We invite empirically grounded contributions dealing with, but not limited to:

• Methodological innovations which allow us to better approach lived experiences, organizational practices, regulation/control of informal, unwaged & precarious work(ers) within and beyond the Global South
• Combinations of institutional/regulatory and embodied approaches to labour geographies of the Global South
• Intellectual engagements with scholarship and theorization from other sister disciplines such as agrarian and development studies and labour history
• Interventions into reproductive labour, feminisation of work, care work, social reproduction and feminist political economy
• The social location of the worker and ‘work’ within wider structures and varied units of analysis such as the family, community, and locality
• Traditional and non-traditional forms of labour organisation and resistance

NB: This paper session is rescheduled from the AAG conference 2020.


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Nancy Worth*, University of Waterloo, Home/work: considering freelancing and (re)productive work in the home 15 1:30 PM
Presenter Cynthia Morinville*, University of Toronto, Women, labour and the circulation of value in informal scrap economies 15 1:45 PM
Presenter Emily Reid-Musson*, Memorial University of Newfoundland, Ellen MacEachen, University of Waterloo, Lars Hallstrom, University of Alberta, Mary Beckie, University of Alberta, Work without workers: Defining ‘worker’ and ‘workplace’ under Alberta farm OHS laws 15 2:00 PM
Presenter Debolina Majumder*, University of Cambridge, Labour Geography and the Urban Question? Informality and Construction work in Delhi 15 2:15 PM
Presenter Isabella Stingl*, University of Zurich, Becoming Migrant Worker. Analysing Work-Life Experiences Through Biographical Methods. 15 2:30 PM

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