Sept 30th is the deadline for abstracts to the International Sociological Association Meeting in Japan. Please consider submitting an abstract to the following panel...
Confronting the Challenge of Global Corporate Empires
- Bridget KENNY, University of Witwatersrand, South Africa, Bridget.Kenny@wits.ac.za
- Carolina BANK MUNOZ, CUNY Brooklyn College, USA, Cbmunoz@brooklyn.cuny.edu
Session in English
From Wal-Mart to G4S to Foxconn, workers confront global corporate empires whose operations and economic power extend around the world. Global corporate actors restructure local economies and connection them to global economic networks in new ways. They empires present new challenges to worker solidarity, within and between countries, but they also create opportunities for new forms of resistance.
This panel will compare differences and similarities across a range of national settings in the effects of global corporate strategies on industrial organization, labor relations and state regulatory contexts. It will examine union and worker responses, with the aim of generating more nuanced and systematic analyses that can facilitate global labour solidarity. Papers dealing with country specific examples in retailing, wholesaling, supply chains, service provision are encouraged.