Situating Labour in the Global Production Network Debate: As if the ‘South’ Mattered

Situating Labour in the Global Production Network Debate: As if the ‘South’ Mattered Through a critical review of literature, this paper provides a ‘Southern’ perspective on the positioning of informal labour within global production networks (GPNs). The imperatives to understand the labour processes and possible strategies of labour agencies in the South under the GPNs ensue from rapid advances in the globalisation of production and the concomitant job creation and decent work promises. The reluctance to address or non-recognition of the question of persistent exploitative work arrangements especially at the lower tiers of the commodity chain has been underscored as a serious lapse in the discourse on labour in international subcontracting arrangements. Unsubstantiated optimistim about the outcome of participation of southern producers in these GPNs have, thus, obscured the challenges and intensity of the crisis of informal labour. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Indian Journal of Labour Economics Springer Journals

Situating Labour in the Global Production Network Debate: As if the ‘South’ Mattered

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Publisher
Springer India
Copyright
Copyright © 2017 by Indian Society of Labour Economics
Subject
Economics; Labor Economics; Industrial Organization; Development Economics
ISSN
0971-7927
eISSN
0019-5308
D.O.I.
10.1007/s41027-017-0066-3
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Abstract

Through a critical review of literature, this paper provides a ‘Southern’ perspective on the positioning of informal labour within global production networks (GPNs). The imperatives to understand the labour processes and possible strategies of labour agencies in the South under the GPNs ensue from rapid advances in the globalisation of production and the concomitant job creation and decent work promises. The reluctance to address or non-recognition of the question of persistent exploitative work arrangements especially at the lower tiers of the commodity chain has been underscored as a serious lapse in the discourse on labour in international subcontracting arrangements. Unsubstantiated optimistim about the outcome of participation of southern producers in these GPNs have, thus, obscured the challenges and intensity of the crisis of informal labour.

Journal

The Indian Journal of Labour EconomicsSpringer Journals

Published: Sep 16, 2017

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