Labour geography "beyond the core" II: Resistance, Agency, and Praxis

Type: Virtual Paper
Sponsor Groups: Economic Geography Specialty Group, Asian Geography Specialty Group
Poster #:
Day: 4/10/2021
Start / End Time: 3:05 PM / 4:20 PM (PDT)
Room: Virtual 38
Organizers: Debolina Majumder


Paper Session II of Labour Geography "beyond the core": Resistance, Agency and Praxis

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, labour history, 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 Caitlin Alcorn*, University of Washington, Embodied Work, Embodied Resistance: Responding to Shifting Arrangements in Paid Domestic Work 15 3:05 PM
Presenter Nora Komposch*, University of Bern, Collectivizing cleaning and care labor: how migrant women can gain agency through worker cooperatives 15 3:20 PM
Presenter Michael Ewers*, Department of Geography and Earth Sciences, University of North Carolina - Charlotte, Justin Gengler, Social and Economic Survey Research Institute, Qatar University, Bethany Shockley, Department of International Studies, American University of Sharjah, Bargaining power, intersectionality, and agency: Varieties of migrant labor experience in the Gulf 15 3:35 PM
Presenter Mythri Prasad-Aleyamma*, Centre for Place, Culture and Politics, Graduate Center, City University of New York, Ethnic wage-welfare complex: Migration as a lens to understand capitalist landscapes in India 15 3:50 PM
Presenter Michelle Buckley*, University of Toronto, Disha Mullick*, Chambal Media , Paula Chakravartty, New York University , Constructing collaborations: feminist transnational praxis and partnership research on work and employment 15 4:05 PM

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