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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

Putting Labour in its Place

Labour Process Analysis and Global Value Chains

ISBN 9781137410351
Publication Date May 2015
Formats Paperback Hardcover Ebook 
Publisher Palgrave
Series Critical Perspectives on Work and Employment

Part of the Comparative Work and Employment Relations series, Putting Labour in its Place is an edited collection, containing cutting-edge research and theoretical innovation on global value chains, the nature of work and labour process theory. It addresses the different processes around the world that each add value to the goods or services being produced; whilst also analysing the idea of labour itself and the exploitation surrounding it.

Key benefits:

• Written by leading international academics
• A landmark text combining the growing interest in global value chains with labour process theory
• Provides up-to-date critical analysis of global developments

Kirsty Newsome is Reader in Employment Relations at the University of Sheffield and Visiting Fellow at the Centre for Sustainable Work and Employment Futures at the University of Leicester, UK.

Phil Taylor is Professor of Work and Employment Studies in the Department of Human Resource Management and also Vice Dean International in Strathclyde Business School at the University of Strathclyde, UK.

Jennifer Bair is Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Colorado at Boulder, USA.

Al Rainnie is Honorary Senior Research Fellow, Business School, University of Western Australia, Australia.

1. Introduction 'Putting Labour in its Place': The Labour Process and Global Value Chains; Phil Taylor, Kirsty Newsome, Al Rainnie, Jennifer Bair
Part I: INTEGRATING LABOUR PROCESS AND GLOBAL VALUE CHAINS 2. Value in Motion: Labour, Logistics and the Contemporary Political Economy; Kirsty Newsome
3. Labour and Asymmetric Power Relations in Global Value Chains: the Digital Entertainment Industries and Beyond; Paul Thompson, Rachel Parker and Stephen Cox,
4. Positioning labour in service value chains and networks – the case of parcel delivery; Bettina Haidinger and Jörg Flecker
5. Labour and Segmentation in Value Chains; Nikolaus Hammer, Lone Riisgaard
6. Articulation of Informal Labour: Interrogating the e-waste value chain in Singapore and Malaysia; Aidan Marc Wong
PART II: LABOUR POWER, AGENCY, AND STANDARDS 7. Labour as Object, Agent and Possibility of Globalization; Jennifer Bair and Marion Werner
8. Understanding Labour's Agency under Globalisation: Embedding GPNs within An Open Political Economy; Andy Cumbers
9. Social Downgrading and Worker Resistance in Apparel Global Value Chains; Mark Anner
10. Labour and Global Production Networks; Mapping Variegated Landscapes of Agency; Neil Coe
PART III: SECTOR STUDIES 11. We Will Not Willingly Be Enslaved – Grass Roots Organising in the Garment and Electrical Value Chains of Southern India; Jean Jenkins
12. Human Security in Evolving Global Value Chains – reconsidering labour agency in a livelihoods context; Lee Pegler
13. Crowdsourcing the Global Production of Mobile Apps: a Study of Apple; Birgitta Bergvall-Kåreborn and Debra Howcroft
14. Wasted Labour? E-waste, GPNs and Work; Al Rainnie Andy Herod, Graham Pickren and Susan McGrath Champ
15. Changing Landscapes of the Call Centre; Phil Taylor.


A rigorous, highly concrete, and geographically sensitive set of studies which examine the structural power of labour, trade union power, labour agency and the labour process in the context of global production, service and logistics networks. This is a must read!' – Doug Miller, Emeritus Professor, University of Northumbria, UK
'In the increasingly crowded field of the study of global value chains, it is crucial that we take more seriously the principal source of value: labour. This theoretically sophisticated and empirically rich book offers powerful new interdisciplinary insights on the study of labour in global value chains.' – Liam Campling, School of Business and Management, Queen Mary University of London, UK
'Putting Labour in its Place is the first robust attempt to situate labour agency within GVC discourses. The conceptual rigor, empirical breadth and multidisciplinary nature of the book will make it appealing to a wide range of scholars and students.' – Christina Niforou, Birmingham Business School, UK
'This welcome and informed book shines a light on the underbelly of Global Production Networks – what does life look like for the workers who make the goods which global markets thoughtlessly consume?' – Raphael Kaplinksky, Open University, UK
'Combining insights from leading researchers in global value chains and labour process theory provides an important and timely contribution to analysis of the rapidly changing dynamics of labour in global production.' – Stephanie Barrientos, University of Manchester, UK
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