Labor Geography

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Labor geography is a branch of human geography which developed from the mid-1980s onwards. It stresses the agency of labor - principally collective organizations such as unions and communities in shaping the landscape, institutions, and scaling of capitalism. As such, labor geography challenged capital-centric readings of capitalist development which characterized early versions of structural Marxism in human geography in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Since its development it has adopted more eclectic and poststructural CHECK WORD CHOICE readings of the role of labor and has addressed a wide range of issues, including scaling, gender, race and ethnicity, labor-community relations, globalization and internationalism, and new forms of work organization.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationInternational Encyclopedia of Human Geography
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)9780080449104
ISBN (Print)9780080449111
StatePublished - Jan 1 2009


  • Community
  • Essentialism
  • Internationalism
  • Lean production
  • Marxism
  • Poststructuralism
  • Spatial division of labor
  • Spatial fix
  • Unions

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences


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