Barn 1, Middlesex University, The Burroughs, London NW4 4BT
This seminar introduces a research project led by Dr Nico Pizzolato, the project collaborator, hosted by the Institute for Work Based Learning and the Business School and funded under the British Academy's prestigious Newton Advanced Fellowship scheme.
The project will be introduced briefly by Professor Richard Croucher and Dr Pizzolato before Dr Akgoz, Newton Advanced Fellow from Hacettepe University, Ankara, describes it in detail.
About the project
The project aims to put the history of the factory as a site of production and of social relations of production back in the centre of historical and social inquiry. This is in counter tendency with postmodern theories that argue for a marginalisation of industrial work in the current world, but which do not take into account the persistent significance of factory work in emerging countries such as Turkey, Brazil or China and, indeed, in western Europe itself. The core case study of her project is a single Turkish textile factory, of which she studies, in an integrated way, the managerial practices, dynamics of exploitation, workers resistance, both cultural and politically organised as well as the way ideology is embedded in practice.