1st Edition

Working Life and Gender Inequality Intersectional Perspectives and the Spatial Practices of Peripheralization

    308 Pages 4 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    308 Pages 4 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    In the modern globalized world of work, society’s capitalist and patriarchal norms perpetuate old and create new differences based on gender, class, ethnicity, age, and other social categorizations.

    This book proposes a novel conceptual framework offering theoretical and methodological insights for thinking through the present and future inequality challenges in the globalized world of work and working life issues in the context of spatio-temporal relations. Bringing together global feminist studies of intersectionality and transnationalism, work-life research, and studies of space, place, and identity, this edited collection responds to the growing interest in peripheries, rurality, and other spaces beyond the urban and business market centres. In crossing the theoretical boundaries between intersectionality and peripherality, this volume brings these concepts together to identify how racism, capitalism and heteropatriarchy operate on bodies in the name of work, particularly as expressed in precarious labour conditions. It also advocates for transnational solidarity as part of feminist ethics, while providing an opportunity to reflect on ways forward for feminist intersectional studies of work and working life, drawing on embodied relationality and a feminist ethics of care.

    Working Life and Gender Inequality explores the intersectional nature of gender, class, race and other inequalities from a global and spatial perspective. It will be of value to researchers, academics, students, managers, consultants, and policy makers in the fields of organizational studies, leadership, feminist and gender studies, working life, intersectionality and transnational feminism.

    1. Intersectionality and peripheralization: Introduction to the edited collection

    Angelika Sjöstedt, Katarina Giritli Nygren and Marianna Fotaki 

    2. #WeAreNotSlaves! An intersectional analysis of class and ethnicity in the Istanbul Airport resistance

    Ayse Serdar

    3. From the periphery to the centre of resistance: Women and/in anti-austerity mobilizations in crisis-ridden Athens

    Hara Kouki 

    4. Intersectional perspective on working life: Poor, black, working-class women remain on the margins – the case of paid and unpaid domestic labour

    Nandi Vanqa-Mgijima 

    5. The Logic of Intersectional Marginalization: Palestinian and Israeli Practitioners’ Observations of Inequitable Labor Practices in Grassroots Peace Organizing

    Ambreen Tour Ben-Shmuel and Manar Faraj

    6. From the body to the world, from the world to the body: Ethnography, migration, and care

    Camila Esguerra Muelle 

    7. The imbrication of gender and nationality where the pay gap is concerned: the case in Malta

    JosAnn Cutajar

    8. Intersectional perspectives on northern Swedish rural men’s working life narratives

    Lisa Ridzén

    9. Risky subjectivities: Peripheralization and appropriation of small-ward midwives’ work practices in the closure of a rural area’s maternity ward

    Emelie Larsson 

    10. On the margins of mine work: Organizational peripheries in a globalized world of work

    Kristina Johansson and Lisa Ringblom

    11. Inequality regimes in equality work: New public management and peripheralization processes in Swedish schools

    Ulrika Schmauch, Björn Ahlström & Britt-Inger Keisu

    12. Freedom of choice and gender equality in Swedish home-based elderly care

    Annette Thörnquist

    13. How do people become Others to be used? Processes of peripheralization in Swedish unemployment politics

    Paula Mulinari

    14. Thinking through intersectionality at work: A feminist-and-labour geographer’s approach

    Kristina Zampoukos


    Angelika Sjöstedt is Associate Professor in Gender Studies at Mid Sweden University, Sweden.

    Katarina Giritli Nygren is Professor of Sociology and Director of the Forum for Gender Studies at Mid Sweden University, Sweden.

    Marianna Fotaki is Professor of business ethics at the University of Warwick Business School, United Kingdom.