1st Edition

Climate Change in the Global Workplace
Labour, Adaptation and Resistance

ISBN 9780367422325
Published May 3, 2021 by Routledge
222 Pages 15 B/W Illustrations

USD $160.00

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Book Description

This book offers a timely exploration of how climate change manifests in the global workplace. It draws together accounts of workers, their work, and the politics of resistance in order to enable us to better understand how the impacts of climate change are structured by the economic and social processes of labour.

Focusing on nine empirically grounded cases of labour under climate change, this volume links the tools and methods of critical labour studies to key debates over climate change adaptation and mitigation in order to highlight the active nature of struggles in the climate-impacted workplace. Spanning cases including commercial agriculture in Turkey, labour unions in the UK, and brick kilns in Cambodia, this collection offers a novel lens on the changing climate, showing how both the impacts of climate change and adaptations to it emerge through the prism of working lives.

Drawing together scholars from anthropology, political economy, geography, and development studies, this book will be of great interest to students and scholars of climate change adaptation, labour studies, and environmental justice. More generally, it will be of interest to anybody seeking to understand how the changing climate is changing the terms, conditions, and politics of the global workplace.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Climate Change in the Global Workplace: Labour, Adaptation and Resistance

Nithya Natarajan and Laurie Parsons

Part 1: Labour

2. Thermal Inequality in a Changing Climate: Heat, Mobility and Precarity in the Cambodian Brick Sector

Laurie Parsons.

3. Climate Change Adaptation through Agroecology in Senegal: Enhanced Farm Workers’ Autonomy or New Forms of Vertical Labour Control?

Patrick Bottazzi, Sébastien Boillat, Franziska Marfurt, and Sokhna Mbossé Seck

4. Routes to Food Security: Strategies of Survival of Marginalised Communities North Western Bangladesh

Taneesha Mohan

Part 2: Adaptation

5. Old Ways and New Routes: Climate Threats and Adaptive Possibilities in the Indian Himalayas

Richard Axelby and Maura Bulgheroni

6. From Climate Adaptation to Social Reproductive Resistance: Examining the Gendered Climate-Labour Migration Nexus in Southeast Asian Mobilisations for Environmental Justice

Symon James-Wilson

7. Hands That Adapt: Seasonal Labour Migration, Climate Change and the Making of Adaptable Subjects in Turkey

Ethemcan Turhan

Part 3: Resistance

8. Workers and Environmentalists of the World Unite? Exploring Red-Green Politics in Union Support for Heathrow Expansion

Maya Goodfellow and Nithya Natarajan

9. A Changing Climate: Indigenous Participation in Extractive Industry

Kimberleigh Schultz

10. Climate Change is Class War: Global Labour’s Challenge to the Capitalocene

Sabina Lawreniuk

11. Conclusion: Towards a Reworking of Climate Adaptation as Labour ‘Resistance’

Nithya Natarajan and Laurie Parsons


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Nithya Natarajan is Lecturer in international development at King's College, London. Her work focuses on South India and Cambodia, and explores agrarian change, rural–urban livelihoods, labour precarity, gender, and debt.

Laurie Parsons is a Lecturer in human geography at Royal Holloway, University of London. His work examines the contested politics of climate change on socio-economic inequalities, patterns of work, and mobilities.