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Working in chains: African informal workers and global value chains

Meagher, Kate (2019) Working in chains: African informal workers and global value chains. Agrarian South: Journal of Political Economy, 8 (1-2). pp. 64-92. ISSN 2277-9760

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Identification Number: 10.1177/2277976019848567

Abstract

This article examines how global value chains alter the processes of value creation by reshaping the institutional systems that govern the livelihoods of poor rural workers in contemporary Africa. In connecting rural workers to distant markets, global value chains reconfigure local modes of organization and resource use, translating and redistributing value in unexpected ways. The capacity of global linkages to resolve problems of rural poverty and disaffection is explored in the context of informal workers in horticultural farms in South Africa and precarious women producers of exotic oil in the Argan forests of south-western Morocco. Particular attention is focused on the mechanisms through which global linkages reconfigure institutional systems in the creation of transnational value chains, realigning labor regimes, livelihoods, and local commercial systems, followed by a consideration of the social tensions created by the economic and organizational realignment needed to make global value chains work.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: https://journals.sagepub.com/home/ags#
Additional Information: © 2019 SAGE Publications
Divisions: International Development
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
Sets: Departments > International Development
Date Deposited: 09 Jan 2019 10:40
Last Modified: 17 Jan 2020 00:17
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/91590

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