- Format: Paperback
- ISBN: 978-0-7190-8570-3
- Pages: 208
- Publisher: Manchester University Press
- Price: £15.99
- Published Date: May 2011
- BIC Category: Politics, Politics & government, Globalization, Society & social sciences / Globalization
This exciting book, available in paperback for the first time, provides an illuminating account of contemporary globalisation that is grounded in actual transformations in the areas of production and the workplace. It reveals the social and political contests that give 'global' its meaning, by examining the contested nature of globalisation as it is expressed in the restructuring of work. Rejecting conventional explanations of globalisation as a process that automatically leads to transformations in working lives, or as a project that is strategically designed to bring about lean and flexible forms of production, this book advances an understanding of the social practices that constitute global change. Through case studies that span from the labour flexibility debates in Britain and Germany, to the strategies and tactics of corporations and workers, the author examines how globalisation is interpreted and experienced in everyday life. Contestation, she argues, is about more than just direct protests and resistances. It has become a central feature of the practices that enable or confound global restructuring. This book offers students and scholars of international political economy, sociology and industrial relations an innovative framework for the analysis of globalisation and the restructuring of work.
This book belongs to a growing current of work which questions some of the more sweeping claims made by some writers on globalisation. The treatment is original, and the perspective an important one in the academic debate. This is a valuable and well-researched study which should quickly establish itself within the IPE literature.'
Louise Amoore is Deputy Head of Department in the Department of Geography at the University of Durham.
1. Globalisation, restructuring, and the flexibility discourse
2. International political economy and global social change
3. Producing hyper-flexibility: the restructuring of work in Britain
4. Producing flexi-corporatism: the restructuring of work in Germany
5. The 'contested firm': the restructuring of production and work in the international political economy
6. Globalisation at work: unheard voices and invisible agency
Conclusion: An international political economy of work