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Oya, Carlos and Schaefer, Florian (2020) 'Industrial Hubs and the Industrial Labour Force in Africa and Asia.' In: Oqubay, Arkebe and Lin, Justin Yifu, (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Industrial Hubs and Economic Development. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 381-400.

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Industrial hubs can take a number of institutional forms and vary greatly in size, sectoral composition, and degree of internal coordination. What all such hubs have in common, though, is that they concentrate industrial workers in great numbers and therefore play a key role in opening up new possibilities for organizing and negotiating industrial relations. In this chapter we examine the role of industrial hubs for light manufacturing in creating and maintaining an industrial labour force in Africa and Asia. We critically review theories for understanding industrial hubs as spaces of both job creation and labour control, and show how outcomes are in part determined by incorporation into global production networks. Drawing on a wide range of empirical evidence, we provide an overview of wages and working conditions in industrial hubs in Africa and Asia, and examine the causes and consequences of gendered labour dynamics in these spaces.

Item Type: Book Chapters
Keywords: jobs, wages, working conditions, trade unions, gender, special economic zones, Asia, sub-Saharan Africa
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > Department of Development Studies
ISBN: 9780198850434
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Date Deposited: 27 Nov 2020 15:10

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