Labour control regimes in the rural and urban workplaces of global production networks: The coffee case of Colombia

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This study analyses the local labour control regimes (LCRs) in the workplaces of global production networks. Using the ethnographic approach, it examines the control strategies utilized by several stakeholders in coffee production and consumption sites in Colombia. The results demonstrate that transformations in the value chains have changed LCRs due to neoliberal openness and new consumption trends, which led to the creation of exploitation, discipline, and mobilization of labour practices. Rural production occurs in farms with predominant piecework and daily payment, where women play traditional roles that render their contributions invisible and undervalued. Employment in urban cafeterias includes stable and flexible contracts with low wages, increased activities, and supervision. Both situations link productive and reproductive work. Under these scenarios, employees manage various levels of negotiation, response, and endurance.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Agrarian Change
StatePublished - Jun 9 2022

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Social Sciences
  • General Earth and Planetary Sciences
  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance(all)

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