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The Dirty Work of Neoliberalism: Cleaners in the Global Economy

The Dirty Work of Neoliberalism: Cleaners in the Global Economy

Luis L. M. Aguiar (Editor), Andrew Herod (Editor)

ISBN: 978-1-405-15636-3

Dec 2006, Wiley-Blackwell

272 pages

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$39.95

Description

In this collection of essays, an international group of scholars investigate the global building cleaning industry to reveal the extent of neoliberalism's impact on cleaners.

  • This book provides the first intensive study focusing on building cleaners and their global experiences
  • Brings together an international group of scholars and experts to investigate different national contexts and examples
  • Draws out important commonalities and highlights significant differences in these experiences
  • Examines topics including erosion of cleaners' industrial citizenship rights, the impact of outsourcing upon their working conditions, economic security, and the intensification of their work and its negative effects on physical health
  • Considers how cleaners are mobilizing to resist and respond to the restructuring of their work.
Introduction: Cleaners and the Dirty Work of Neoliberalism (Andrew Herod and Luis L M Aguiar).

SECTION 1.

1. Introduction: Geographies of Neoliberalism (Andrew Herod and Luis L M Aguiar).

2. Janitors and Sweatshop Citizenship in Canada (Luis L M Aguiar).

3. Maria’s Burden: Contract Cleaning and the Crisis of Social Reproduction in Post-Apartheid South Africa (Andries Bezuidenhout and Khayaat Fakier).

4. Restructuring the Architecture of State Regulation in the Australian and Aotearoa/New Zealand Cleaning Industries and the Growth of Precarious Employment (Shaun Ryan and Andrew Herod).

5. Manufacturing Modernity: Cleaning, Dirt, and Neoliberalism in Chile (Patricia Tomic, Ricardo Trumper and Rodrigo Hidalgo Dattwyler).

SECTION 2.

6. Introduction: Ethnographies of the Cleaning Body (Andrew Herod and Luis L M Aguiar).

7. The Cleaners You Aren’t Meant to See: Order, Hygiene and Everyday Politics in a Bangkok Shopping Mall (Alyson Brody).

8. Cleaning Up After Globalization: An Ergonomic Analysis of Work Activity of Hotel Cleaners (Ana María Seifert and Karen Messing).

9. Work Design and the Labouring Body: Examining the Impacts of Work Organization on Danish Cleaners’ Health (Karen Sögaard, Anne Katrine Blangsted, Andrew Herod and Lotte Finsen).

10. Introduction: Cleaners’ Agency (Andrew Herod and Luis L M Aguiar).

11. Cleaners’ Organizing in Britain from the 1970s: A Personal Account (Sheila Rowbotham).

12. The Privatization of Health Care Cleaning Services in Southwestern British Columbia, Canada: Union Responses to Unprecedented Government Actions (Marcy Cohen).

13. Justice for Janitors: Scales of Organizing and Representing Workers (Lydia Savage).

Notes on Contributors.

Index.

"An important collection drawing attention to the invisible workers whose work it is to fashion the visible.... The debates raised in this volume could be developed in many directions and it is no bad thing that we are left wanting more." (Geographical Journal, September 2008)

“Outhwaite’s familiarity with his subject matter is unquestionable, as is his desire to cover it thoroughly, and the book will serve well as a guide for philosophers to the most important work done by theoretical sociologists on the nature of society.” (Philosophy In Review)

“The Dirty Work of Neoliberalism offers a varied and insightful examination of the global restructuring of the cleaning industry and its implications for workers and their struggles. It offers a good mix of more structural and poststructural perspectives on these processes and their inherently scalar nature. Moreover, many of its most effective chapters, such as those by Bezuidenhuit and Fakier, show how work and social reproduction are strongly interrelated.” (Annals of the Association of American Geographers)


  • This book provides the first intensive study focusing on building cleaners and their global experiences.
  • Brings together an international group of scholars and experts to investigate different national contexts and examples.
  • Draws out important commonalities and highlights significant differences in these experiences.
  • Examines topics including erosion of cleaners' industrial citizenship rights, the impact of outsourcing upon their working conditions, economic security, and the intensification of their work and its negative effects on physical health.
  • Considers how cleaners are mobilizing to resist and respond to the restructuring of their work.