P50
Labour as method for the study of development in South Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America

Convenors:
Alessandra Mezzadri (SOAS)
Discussant:
Matteo Rizzo (SOAS)
Location:
Summer Common Room (Magdalen College)
Start time:
12 September, 2016 at 14:00
Session slots:
2

Short abstract:

Drawing from a number of recent and forthcoming contributions focusing Asia, Africa, and Latin America, this panel explores the political economy of the development process through the prism of capital-labour relations, and by placing labour and workers at the centre of the analysis.

Long abstract:

This panel explores the political economy of the development process by focusing on capital-labour relations, and specifically by placing labour and work at the centre of the analysis. It does so by presenting a number of recent and forthcoming contributions to development studies, which take labour as their point of departure, and encompass a number of key sectors in the capitalist economy (agriculture, garments, construction and transport) in South Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America. The panel analyses the benefits of a labour-centred analysis as a prism - a method - for the study of development, and reflects on different ways in which this may enhance our understanding of power, inequality, poverty and vulnerability in developing contexts. The panel investigates the analytical and political costs of failing to pay attention to labour and workers in the study of development. The panel also reflects on labour as a progressive force for development, and highlights social struggles as an avenue for social change.