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Globalization Lived LocallyA Labour Geography Perspective$
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Neethi P.

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780199463626

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199463626.001.0001

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A Case of an Apparel Park

A Case of an Apparel Park

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Globalization Lived Locally

Neethi P.

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This chapter enquires into the working lives of women, apparel park workers, in two firms in an export promotion industrial park in southern Kerala, and examines how these workers organized around a very local set of concerns and formed their own association. Supported by the labour geography framework, this chapter analyses how spatial practices of labour shape the economic geography of capitalism, by looking into a model not at a global but at a very local scale of organization and showing its effectiveness while confronting social actors organized at global or extra-local scales. Questioning global stereotypes on economic responses to globalization, I argue that labour becomes actively involved in the very process of globalization and the expansion of capital.

Keywords:   globalization, apparel park, labour geography, local–global tensions, space–place conflict, factory regimes, Kerala

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