Sociologist Jan Breman, whose research focuses on labour conditions in different international contexts, will hold the upcoming session of the programme Constituent Machines: Constituent Power, Biopolitics, Democracy, organised by the Museo Reina Sofía Study Centre.
On this occasion, Breman will analyse the situation of male and female workers who sell their labour power on the lower rungs of the world economy. This workforce constitutes a key component of the production circuits of global capitalism and is vitally important to attaining differentiating accumulation strategies followed in different geographical spaces by diverse regional economic blocs. The low cost and lack of rights largely cheapen reproduction costs for the working classes, and curb inflation and allow acceptable levels of consumption for certain wage levels that have habitually come to a standstill in developed countries for more than twenty-five years.
The analysis of this workforce in the current global manufacturing system, primarily concentrated in Western and Southeast Asia, is essential to understanding the different labour regimes that have become established in the planet’s economic regions, and particularly in OECD countries and in the EU following the approval of the Lisbon Treaty, in March 2000, by the European Council, as well as the development and trends of poverty.