Mobilising Labour Identities for Resistance Across Scales

Marie Huntley Andersen, Johanna Tuulia Hakanen, Rasmus Bjerring Larsen & Nina Marie Bram Nielsen

Studenteropgave: Semesterprojekt


This project aims to investigate: ”How is workers’ resistance mobilised and countered in the garment maquila industry?” Taking part of departure of the current situation, with the race to the bottom and the new division of labour, our context is based in Puebla, Mexico, which is largely linked to the maquiladora garment industry, and the workers within these maquiladoras are subject to multiple violations of their workers’ rights. By utilising the methodological frame of critical geography, we have aimed to have a critical outlook throughout the project. This is evident in our choice of theory, which includes scholars, such as, Neil Smith, Robert Lambert and Don Wells. We have looked into both local and transnational initiatives, and we explore different strategies of achieving social change at the local level, and what their possible downfalls or upsides can be. This obtained by the use of mainly interviews with respectively the Danish workers’ union, 3F, the international workers’ union, IndustriALL and the human rights’ organisation, the Comisión. Our project is theoreticised by the main concept of ‘scale’, as well as different perspectives on contemporary unionism. Departing from the analysis, the project concludes that legislative structures diminish the workers attempts to organise in independent unions and bargain collectively, rather than enable organising. The different approaches for workers’ mobilisation examined in the project have different strategies. The two main ones stem from uniting as workers, or in an alternative of global social movement unionism. This is taken up in a discussion within the project.

UddannelserGeografi, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Bachelor el. kandidat
Udgivelsesdato1 jun. 2015
VejledereLasse Martin Kofoed


  • Neil Smith
  • IndustriALL
  • 3F
  • Geographies of resistance
  • Critical Geography
  • South-South
  • Labour
  • Scales
  • Race to the Bottom
  • Robert Lambert