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Precariousness, Gender, Resistance and Consent in the Face of Global Production Network’s ‘Reforms’ of Pakistan’s Garment Manufacturing Industry

Ayaz, Muhammad and Ashraf, Muhammad Junaid and Hopper, Trevor (2019) 'Precariousness, Gender, Resistance and Consent in the Face of Global Production Network’s ‘Reforms’ of Pakistan’s Garment Manufacturing Industry.' Work, Employment and Society, 33 (6). 895 - 912. ISSN 0950-0170

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Abstract

This case study of the restructuring of Pakistan’s garment manufacturing industry explores how attempts to increase capital’s control over the labour process intersect with local patriarchal structures and trigger workers’ reflexivity and agency causing unanticipated consequences. Using Archer’s notion of agency, the article examines the theoretical space where capitalism meets patriarchy, and both are reproduced. The focus on reflexivity, anchored between objective contexts and agents’ personal concerns, helps theorize capital–labour–gender relations in global supply chains and explains workers’ impactful resistance to protect a supposedly precarious work regime. Our findings challenge the notion that globalization reduces workers’ agency and their potential for impactful resistance.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: garment manufacturing, gender, globalization, impactful resistance, Pakistan, precarious worker, workers’ agency
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Essex Business School
Faculty of Social Sciences > Essex Business School > Essex Accounting Centre
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 10 Feb 2021 14:51
Last Modified: 10 Feb 2021 14:51
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/29753

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