Introduction: Labor Law and Development ― Perspectives on Labor Regulation in Africa and the African Diaspora
8 Pages Posted: 4 Feb 2017
Date Written: 2011
Our approach is to emphasize North-South relations in the regulation of labor in the new economy; this includes considering the ways in which economic restructuring re-creates conditions of the South in the North. We have been inspired by initiatives such as Third World Approaches to International Law (TWAIL), the International Network on Transformative Employment and Labor Law (INTELL), and Women in Informal Employment Globalizing and Organizing (WIEGO). Our area of focus is deliberately on Africa and the African diaspora, regions too often overlooked in discussions of globalization and labor law in the global North. To focus on these regions requires researchers to be alive to the importance of earlier forms of radicalized and gendered market construction, including through triangular trade, the enslaved movement of person, and colonialism. It also entails a contemporary approach attuned to the significance of the extractive economy to technological innovation, to the psychological dimensions of post-colonialism currently a real part of the "globalization of the mind," as well as to peoples' resource-fuelled territorial dislocation and labor migratory effects.
Keywords: Labor Regulations, Globalization, Labor Law, Gender, Colonialism, Post-Colonialism, Migration, Globalization, Africa
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