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Changing workplace geographies: Restructuring warehouse employment in the Oslo region
Department of Sociology and Geography, University of Oslo.
Centre for Welfare and Labour Research, Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences.
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Tourism Studies and Geography.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-6176-3595
2017 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

In this paper we want to discuss changing workplace geographies, and the effects of restructuring, in four selected warehouse workplaces in the Oslo region. The theoretical framework for the analysis is an adapted version of the TPSN framework developed by Jessop et al. (2008), which we argue offer a more precise terminology for capturing socio-spatial change – also at the scale of the workplace. Socio-spatial concepts such as territory, place and network are used as structuring principles to examine how labour hire and labour migration have redrawn workplace geographies in the Norwegian logistics industry. The paper argues that a peripheral temporary agency workforce, many of which are Swedish migrants, are embedded in the workplace through management’s practices of control – but also through forms of social reciprocity. While temporary work agencies represent networks of recruitment which can benefit employers and employees in the short term, the paper problematises how these employers do not offer their employees a sense of workplace themselves, and also how they destabilise established workplace boundaries in their client firms.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2017.
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Social Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-31672OAI: oai:DiVA.org:miun-31672DiVA: diva2:1144046
Conference
Royal Geograhical Society with IBG, Annual International Conference, London, 30 augusti – 1 september 2017.
Projects
The Impact of Temporary Work Agencies on the Politics of Work
Available from: 2017-09-25 Created: 2017-09-25 Last updated: 2017-10-18Bibliographically approved

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