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Changing workplace geographies: Restructuring warehouse employment in the Oslo region
Department of Sociology and Geography, University of Oslo.
Oslo Metropolitan University.
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Tourism Studies and Geography.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-6176-3595
2018 (English)In: Environment and planning A, ISSN 0308-518X, E-ISSN 1472-3409Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

The article examines changing employment relations in Norwegian warehouses, and conceptualises the increasing use of temporary agency workers as a redrawing of workplace geographies. The empirical basis for the analysis is four qualitative warehouse workplace studies, including focus group and interview data. The theoretical framework of the article combines an adapted version of the territory-place-scale-network (TPSN) framework developed by Bob Jessop, Neil Brenner and Martin Jones with the concepts of labour control and labour agency. The analysis shows how a networked recruitment system based on Swedish labour migrants, mediated via temporary work agencies, encourage workers to work their way through levels of employment insecurity in order to secure permanent employment. The article argues that the blurring and redrawing of legal boundaries through labour hire can be understood as a territorial strategy of control that affects the workplace as a scale of justice for trade unions. Moreover, the analysis shows how managerial control is conditioned by workers’ individual, habitual and collective agency.

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Sage Publications, 2018.
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Workplace, temporary agency work, labour control, labour agency, labour geography
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Economic Geography
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URN: urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-34202DOI: 10.1177/0308518X18787821OAI: oai:DiVA.org:miun-34202DiVA, id: diva2:1234431
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The Research Council of Norway, 227021Available from: 2018-07-24 Created: 2018-07-24 Last updated: 2018-08-16Bibliographically approved

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