The Public Spheres of Unprotected Workers



The previous chapters highlighted how ‘work-empty’ discourses produce thin and problematic concepts and analyses in the fields of international political economy and international relations. In Chapter 1 Amoore demonstrated how work and the restructuring of work are political processes that need to be taken up by these fields. Harrod (Chapter 2) outlined and extended the approach that he (Harrod, 1987) and Robert Cox (1987) introduced in their linked but free-standing volumes on power and production, and carried forward the arguments in Chapter 1 by presenting a ‘neomaterialist’ analysis of the nexus between power and production. In Chapter 3 Ryner deepened the critique of the ‘work-empty’ discourses of the fields and provided an analysis of the ‘economic corporate moment’ in the formation of the poor as social subjects. Together these chapters have put firmly before us the question of the political capacity of dominated people to challenge their status and influence global politics.


Labour Market Social Relation Public Sphere Household Labour World Order 
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