This article starts with the recognition that labour has received less than its fair share of empirical and analytical attention in scholarship on Global Production Networks (GPNs). Such scholarship often ends with a paragraph on labour, concluding that it is the tail end of the production network that needs further research. Little is known, however, about how jobs for export markets fit into workers wider livelihoods strategies, or how workers react to new employment opportunities available to them. Based on empirical research carried out in the Tiruppur garment cluster in Tamil Nadu, South India, the article takes labourers, their livelihoods and their social reproduction as its starting point.
Carswell, G.; de Neve, G. Labouring for global markets : conceptualising the place of labour in global production networks. (2011) : 27 pp.