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Offshore: Exploring the Worlds of Global Outsourcing

Jamie Peck


Offshore outsourcing—the movement of jobs to lower-wage countries—is one of the defining features of globalization. Routine blue-collar work has been going offshore for decades, but the digital revolution beginning in the 1990s extended this process to many parts of the service economy. Politically controversial from the beginning, “offshoring” is conventionally seen as a threat to jobs, wages, and economic security in higher-income countries—having become synonymous with the dirty work of globalization. Even though the majority of corporations make some use of offshore outsourcing, fearful of ... More

Keywords: outsourcing, offshoring, globalization, employment change, corporate restructuring, supply chains, labor arbitrage, back-office employment, automation, robotics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780198727408
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2017 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198727408.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jamie Peck, author
Canada Research Chair in Urban & Regional Political Economy and Professor of Geography, University of British Columbia