Are Labour Markets Necessarily Local? Spatiality, Segmentation and Scale

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Weller, Sally Anne (2008) Are Labour Markets Necessarily Local? Spatiality, Segmentation and Scale. Urban Studies, 45 (11). pp. 2203-2223. ISSN 0042-0980


This paper draws on recent debates about scale to approach the geography of labour markets from a dynamic perspective sensitive to the spatiality and scale of labour market restructuring. Its exploration of labour market reconfigurations after the collapse of a major firm (Ansett Airlines) raises questions about geography’s faith in the inherently ‘local’ constitution of labour markets. Through an examination of the job reallocation process after redundancy, the paper suggests that multiple labour markets use and articulate scale in different ways. It argues that labour market rescaling processes are enacted at the critical moment of recruitment, where social networks, personal aspirations and employer preferences combine to shape workers’ destinations.

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Item type Article
DOI 10.1177/0042098008095865
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Subjects Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > Centre for Strategic Economic Studies (CSES)
Historical > FOR Classification > 1402 Applied Economics
Historical > SEO Classification > 9101 Macroeconomics
Keywords ResPubID15512, labour market, Ansett
Citations in Scopus 19 - View on Scopus
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