Queen's University

Global Labour Studies

Book cover: Global Labour Studies, by Queen's researcher Marcus Taylor. Cover art depicts a silhouette of two labours with wheelbarrows on a bamboo constructed bridge.From the rise of fully automated factories to the creation of new migrant work forces, the world of work, employment, and production is rapidly changing. By reshaping the global distribution of wealth, jobs, and opportunities, these processes are unleashing profound social and environmental tensions, and new political movements. As a means to address these crucial themes, Global Labour Studies elaborates on innovative interdisciplinary framework that builds upon the concepts of power, networks, space, and livelihoods. This approach is deployed to explore core topics including global production networks, labour market dynamics, formal and informal sectors, migration and forced labour, agriculture and environment, corporate social responsibility, and new labour organizations.

This book draws upon a diverse range of illustrative case studies, provides the reader with an accessible repertoire of analytical tools, and offers an essential guide to the field. This makes it a uniquely rich text for undergraduate courses on global labour issues across the fields of geography, politics, sociology, labour studies, and international development. (Read More)