Deterritorialization and workplace culture



In this article, I ask what happens to the moral economies and rhetorical frameworks that govern employment relations when labor markets become global. In particular, I examine the argument that globalization undermines the institutions and practices that govern local labor markets—eroding “locality.” I present the results offieldwork in knitwear firms in southern Virginia and Mexico and argue that globalization eroded the old ways that workers could make claims on the firm, while also undermining new bases for claims making. I suggest that these developments are part of a process of deterritorialization of workplace communities, even though the workers themselves do not move, [labor, unionism, apparel industry, textile industry, southern United States, Mexico]