Research project We are comparing the everyday working lives and domestic lives of workers employed by a European transnational company at its production sites in Europe, South America, and Africa.
In order to bridge the gap between empirical research that does not consider its global context and theories lacking empirical grounding, we want to research the everyday lives of workers in one European transnational Corporation in Europe, South Africa and South America. It has been argued that the new forms of production change the ways of working and living in significant ways: Flexibility, life-long learning, flat hierarchies, an increase of social competence have been diagnosed as the results of new working processes and new work organisation, together with a change of experiencing, new forms of politics, and new relationships between work and leisure. People are said to have become much more mobile, moving not only between jobs but also between geographical places. The aim of our project is to investigate the changing ways of life of employees on all levels of the existing hierarchies. How do workers/employees/managers experience and understand the global changes influencing their everyday lives in the work place, in the private domain and in their social activities? How do they experience the different national and local conditions within which they work for the same global company? How do they construct their gender, ethnic, and class identities within specific places in a globalised context?
Finansår , 2005, 2006, 2007
huvudman: Nora Räthzel, finansiar: VR, y2005: 1000, y2006: 1000, y2007: 980,