Global Labour Journal 2020-03-29T15:47:44-04:00 Karin Pampallis Open Journal Systems <p style="font-size: 1.2em;" align="justify">The <em>Global Labour Journal</em> is an open-access, fully peer-reviewed online journal launched in January 2010. It is the official journal of the International Sociological Association’s Research Committee on Labour Movements (<a href="">RC44</a>). The Journal is co-hosted by the Global Labour University (<a href="">GLU</a>), and supported by the International Center for Development and Decent Work (<a href="">ICDD</a>) in Kassel, Germany, and the Center for Global Workers’ Rights (<a href="">CGWR</a>) at Penn State University in State College, USA.</p> <p style="font-size: 1.2em;" align="justify">The Journal serves as a forum to capture the plentiful and diverse scholarly work emerging on labour activities worldwide. It seeks to explore the role of globalisation in breaking down boundaries between the global/local and the public/private as they relate to labour activities.</p> <p style="font-size: 1.2em;" align="justify">Our aim is to provide a global forum for scholarly work on a comparative sociology of labour movements. Thus our intention is to understand, record and promote the transition of the labour movement into a new form of global unionism, and to highlight how labour activities are increasingly shaped by global forces.</p> <p style="font-size: 1.2em;" align="justify">Manuscripts may be <a title="Submissions" href="/globallabour/about/submissions#onlineSubmissions" target="_blank" rel="noopener">submitted</a> via this website. Should you have any questions about the suitability of your manuscript for consideration in the Global Labour Journal, or any difficulty in submitting online, please do not hesitate to contact the <a title="GLJ Managing Editor" href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener">GLJ Managing Editor</a>.</p> <p style="font-size: 1.2em;" align="justify">ISSN 1918-6711</p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p style="font-size: 1.6em;"><strong><a href="">CURRENT ISSUE: Vol. 11, No. 1 (2020)</a></strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p style="font-size: 1.2em;"><strong>&nbsp; &nbsp;</strong> <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>EDITORIAL TEAM</strong></span></p> <table width="690" cellpadding="16"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="vertical-align: top; width: 33%;"> <p><strong>Editors</strong></p> <p>Maria Lorena Cook&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Cornell University <br>United States</p> <p>Madhumita Dutta<br>The Ohio State University<br>United States</p> <p>Alexander Gallas<br>University of Kassel<br>Germany</p> <p>Ben Scully<br>University of the Witwatersrand<br>South Africa</p> </td> <td style="vertical-align: top; width: 33%;"> <p><strong>Managing Editor</strong></p> <p>Karin Pampallis<br>University of the Witwatersrand<br>South Africa</p> </td> <td style="vertical-align: top; width: 33%;"> <p><strong>Reviews Editor</strong></p> <p>Jörg Nowak<br>University College Dublin Ireland</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Consulting Editor</strong></p> <p>Robert O'Brien<br>McMaster University<br> Canada</p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> Celebrating Ten Years of the Global Labour Journal 2020-03-29T15:47:44-04:00 Maria Lorena Cook Madhumita Dutta Alexander Gallas Jörg Nowak Ben Scully <p>-</p> 2020-01-30T07:22:22-05:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## Ten Years of the Global Labour Journal: Reflecting on the Rise of the New Global Labour Studies 2020-03-29T15:47:44-04:00 Edward Webster Robert O'Brien <p>The article examines the origins of the <em>Global Labour Journal</em> (GLJ) and its goal of broadening labour studies. It shows how, over the past decade, the GLJ has recorded and analysed the forms of action and organisation that fall outside the traditional focus of labour studies. Through a range of careful case studies, the Journal has made an important contribution to the growing field of global labour studies. The two topics that have been the focus of most attention across all types of submissions have been: 1) precarious work and new forms of labour struggles; and 2) international trade unionism or transnational/global labour. The Journal has been successful in giving a platform to content from the Global South, but it is uneven and limited. Another major limitation is the failure to bridge the divide between the big questions raised in the Marx/Polanyi debates during the early phase of the Journal with the more concrete accounts of labour rediscovering its power on the periphery of labour movement. &nbsp;The article concludes by pointing towards possible options facing labour and the choices facing the GLJ.</p> <p><strong>KEY WORDS: </strong>Global labour; global labour studies; precarious work; future of labour</p> 2020-01-30T07:25:22-05:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## Labour-process-related Racism in Transnational European Production: Fragmenting Work meets Xenophobic Culturalisation among Workers 2020-03-29T15:47:44-04:00 Stefanie Hürtgen <p>This article discusses labour-process-related racism and xenophobia among workers. It uses empirical findings from different projects to argue that, to a large extent, actual racism and xenophobia refer to experiences of objectification/reification, namely by harsh social competition in contemporary fragmented and transnationalised production. Racism and xenophobia are discussed as specific forms of subjectification which reproduce and stabilise these competitive social relations among workers, within and beyond countries. Racism thus is part of a “restrictive agency” developed by workers – that is, their orientation towards the subordination under objectifying, seemingly non-changeable structures. As a consequence, the article concludes, the repressive structures have to be questioned, and for this purpose the intense debate on racism and right-wing populism among workers is one-sided; there must be more attention paid to progressive labour-process-related, universalistic orientations that exist, despite already long-lasting neo-liberalism.</p> <p><strong>KEY WORDS: </strong>racism; Labour Process Theory; transnational production networks; fragmentation; Europeanisation; Critical Psychology</p> 2020-01-30T07:27:45-05:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## Migrant Labour and Workers' Struggles: The German Meatpacking Industry as Contested Terrain 2020-03-29T15:47:43-04:00 Peter Birke Felix Bluhm <p>This article summarises results of a project whose aim was to analyse the role of migration within the current recomposition of the working class in Germany. We focus on the example of the meat industry in the Oldenburger Münsterland, a region that is experiencing a strong economic boom based on the expansion and modernisation of industrial work. The exploitation of migrant labour, composed of “newcomers” to the industry with both European Union and refugee backgrounds, is a pivotal feature of that boom. Most research on migrant labour focuses on legal frameworks and labour market dynamics. By focusing instead on the labour process, we are able to examine the connections between exploitation, resistance and collective organisation among migrant workers. We show that the experience of migrant workers is not one of complete powerlessness and subjugation. We contrast workers in two sub-sectors, slaughtering and packing on the one hand and industrial cleaning on the other. Although both of these activities are similarly low-wage and migrant-dominated, we find variation in the ability of these workers to exercise power. The importance of skill and the need to avoid turnover gives workers in slaughtering and packing some levers of power, despite their vulnerable immigration status. This power has even instigated a shift towards some formalisation of these jobs on the part of management. In contrast, the different labour process has prevented industrial cleaning workers from accessing the same levels of power, despite sharing a similar labour market position to their co-workers in slaughtering and packing.</p> <p><strong>KEY WORDS: </strong>Migration; refugees; labor unrest; trade unions; subcontracting; meat industry</p> 2020-01-30T07:29:54-05:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## Social Protests in Chile: Inequalities and other Inconvenient Truths about Latin America's Poster Child 2020-03-29T15:47:43-04:00 Kirsten Sehnbruch Sofia Donoso 2020-01-30T07:32:51-05:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## Review of: Stephen Campbell (2018) Border Capitalism, Disrupted: Precarity and Struggle in a Southeast Asian Industrial Zone 2020-03-29T15:47:43-04:00 Fahmi Panimbang 2020-01-30T07:35:25-05:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## Review of: Rosemarijn Hoefte and Peter Meel (eds.) (2018) Departing from Java: Javanese Labour, Migration and Diaspora 2020-03-29T15:47:42-04:00 Oliver Pye 2020-01-30T07:37:18-05:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## Review of: Neethi P. (2016) Globalization Lived Locally: A Labour Geography Perspective 2020-03-29T15:47:42-04:00 Madhumita Dutta <p>--</p> 2020-01-30T07:39:08-05:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## Review of: Mallika Shakya (2018) Death of an Industry: The Cultural Politics of Garment Manufacturing during the Maoist Revolution in Nepal 2020-03-29T15:47:42-04:00 Manjusha Nair 2020-01-30T07:40:56-05:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement##