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Eriksson, M., Tollefsen, A. & Lundgren, A. S. (2019). From blueberry cakes to labor strikes: Negotiating “legitimate labor” and “ethical food” in supply chains. Geoforum (105), 43-53
Open this publication in new window or tab >>From blueberry cakes to labor strikes: Negotiating “legitimate labor” and “ethical food” in supply chains
2019 (English)In: Geoforum, ISSN 0016-7185, E-ISSN 1872-9398, no 105, p. 43-53Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The Swedish wild-berry industry has become increasingly dependent on migrant workers. As the world market's demand for health and food ingredients increased, Swedish forest berries are exported to China to become nutraceutical products, while most berries consumed in Sweden now are imported cultivated berries. These changing geographies of production and consumption have resulted in a system of supply chains, that reproduce and manage difference between groups of workers and thus, make it difficult to safeguard labor rights. Moreover, this new“global standard” has great impacts on the cultural and political meanings of food. The aim of this paper is to study new emerging practices within the industry and to shed light on the production of representations of certain types of workers and work, and how this relate to supply chain capitalism. From the starting point of narratives collected within the different nodes of the supply chain, the paper focuses on the production, distribution and consumption of berry products as means to address how meanings of work and berries are negotiated. A specific focus is put on the narrated events during and after a strike where migrant workers tried to fight for better wages and living conditions. The workers not only lost the battle, but they were also expelled from Sweden without being paid. The work of the pickers and their agency is disconnected from discourses of labor and from Swedish laws and regulations, and the injustice is further justified and obscured through the lens of memories and nostalgia among Swedish consumers of berries.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Elsevier, 2019
Keywords
Supply chains, Labor migration, Labor rights, Food (berries), Sweden
National Category
Human Geography
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-163600 (URN)10.1016/j.geoforum.2019.07.003 (DOI)000483639700005 ()
Funder
Swedish Research Council
Available from: 2019-09-28 Created: 2019-09-28 Last updated: 2019-11-28Bibliographically approved
Eriksson, M. & Tollefsen, A. (2018). The production of the rural landscape and its labour: the development of supply chain capitalism in the Swedish berry industry. Bulletin of Geography. Socio-Economic Series, 40(40), 68-81
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The production of the rural landscape and its labour: the development of supply chain capitalism in the Swedish berry industry
2018 (English)In: Bulletin of Geography. Socio-Economic Series, ISSN 1732-4254, E-ISSN 2083-8298, Vol. 40, no 40, p. 68-81Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Increased commercial interest in wild berries in Northern Sweden's resource periphery has connected places and people to a global berry supply chain that produces goods for world markets. As a part of a wider global food chain, every link in this chain is deeply insecure and partly marked by secrecy and mystification. Contemporary representations of the Norrlandic landscape tend to obscure and hide economic conflicts and power relations connected to resource exploitation and corporate concentration, neglecting workers and local communities. This paper examines how globalization, neoliberal policies and the development of supply chain capitalism drive changes in labour markets and migration policies, which in turn shape/and are shaped by both material and immaterial aspects of the Norrlandic landscape. While many studies of global food chains have focused on abstract patterns of chain governance, business economics and logistics, we analyse the wild berry industry by centring on migrant workers and the production of a distinct spatiality through interconnectedness and historical conjuncture, with a starting point in a particular place in the interior of Norrland. We thereby contribute to a different narrative of the Norrlandic landscape, making visible power and labour relations.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
De Gruyter Open, 2018
Keywords
labour, landscape, Sweden, rural, supply chain capitalism
National Category
Human Geography
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-150863 (URN)10.2478/bog-2018-0015 (DOI)000436521000005 ()2-s2.0-85051712363 (Scopus ID)881251 (Local ID)881251 (Archive number)881251 (OAI)
Available from: 2018-09-03 Created: 2018-09-03 Last updated: 2019-02-15Bibliographically approved
Rönnlund, M. & Tollefsen, A. (2016). Rum: samhällsvetenskapliga perspektiv. Stockholm: Liber
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Rum: samhällsvetenskapliga perspektiv
2016 (Swedish)Book (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: Liber, 2016. p. 206
National Category
Other Social Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-118463 (URN)881251 (Local ID)9789147115174 (ISBN)881251 (Archive number)881251 (OAI)
Available from: 2016-03-19 Created: 2016-03-19 Last updated: 2019-02-15Bibliographically approved
Keskitalo, E. C. & Southcott, C. (2015). Globalisation. In: Joan Nymand Larsen and Gail Fondahl (Ed.), Arctic human development report: regional processes and global linkages (pp. 401-425). Copenhagen: Nordic Council of Ministers
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Globalisation
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2015 (English)In: Arctic human development report: regional processes and global linkages / [ed] Joan Nymand Larsen and Gail Fondahl, Copenhagen: Nordic Council of Ministers , 2015, p. 401-425Chapter in book (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Copenhagen: Nordic Council of Ministers, 2015
Series
TemaNord, ISSN 0908-6692 ; 2014:567
National Category
Social and Economic Geography
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-114713 (URN)881251 (Local ID)9789289338813 (ISBN)9789289338837 (ISBN)881251 (Archive number)881251 (OAI)
Available from: 2016-01-26 Created: 2016-01-26 Last updated: 2019-02-15Bibliographically approved
Eriksson, M. & Tollefsen, A. (2015). New figurations of labor in gendered global circuits: migrant workers in the forest berry industry in Norrland, Sweden. In: Stine Thidemann Faber and Helene Pristed Nielsen (Ed.), Remapping gender, place and mobility: global confluences and local particularities in Nordic peripheries (pp. 127-142). Farnham, Surrey, UK: Ashgate
Open this publication in new window or tab >>New figurations of labor in gendered global circuits: migrant workers in the forest berry industry in Norrland, Sweden
2015 (English)In: Remapping gender, place and mobility: global confluences and local particularities in Nordic peripheries / [ed] Stine Thidemann Faber and Helene Pristed Nielsen, Farnham, Surrey, UK: Ashgate, 2015, p. 127-142Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Contemporary global processes of industrialisation in Asia and de-industrialisation in the rural periphery of Scandinavia produce connections and new figurations of labour that need to be studied in order to tell effective stories about our contemporary world. While urbanisation, industrialisation and labour struggles and organization are increasingly taking place in East Asia (Therborn 2013), some groups of workers engage in international labour migrations to the natural resource based economies of rural Northern Sweden. These industries depend heavily on, primarily, male migrant workers. The ‘coeval multiplicity’ and ‘radical contemporaneity’ (Massey 2005) of rural-urban changes in Asia and transformations in the peripheries of Scandinavia link in complex ways the lives of Asian migrant workers to the rural North of Sweden, through for instance, global production networks and supply chains, and social networks and recruitments by intermediaries. The purpose of this study is, by way of studying representations in media, examine globalist strategies within these rural areas as we argue these areas both function as contrasts, and make up important modernization projects for the global capital and globalist planning (Tsing, 2000). Furthermore, global processes make certain futures possible for different places and people and these processes are transforming relations of class, gender and race/ethnicity. Hence, by analysing the narratives of workers and different actors in natural resource based industries in northern Sweden, we examine the new figurations of labour and the ways in which international labour migrants are implicated in these new figurations; through their everyday practices of work, family life and political agency. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Farnham, Surrey, UK: Ashgate, 2015
Series
Gender in a Global/Local World
Keywords
Gender, globalization, equality, nationalism, Scandinavia
National Category
Human Geography
Research subject
Social and Economic Geography
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-102980 (URN)881251 (Local ID)978-1-4724-2969-8 (ISBN)881251 (Archive number)881251 (OAI)
Projects
Transnationell migration inom skogsbärbranschen, arbetsmarknadens avreglering och nya rumsliga representationer
Funder
Forte, Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare, 2011-0244
Available from: 2015-05-13 Created: 2015-05-13 Last updated: 2019-02-15Bibliographically approved
Eriksson, M., Samuelsson, J. & Tollefsen, A. (2015). Platsens (natur)resurser och ortshierarkins logik. Provins, 4(34), 44-51
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Platsens (natur)resurser och ortshierarkins logik
2015 (Swedish)In: Provins, ISSN 0280-9974, Vol. 4, no 34, p. 44-51Article in journal (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.)) Published
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Umeå: Norrländska Litteratursällskapet, 2015
National Category
Human Geography
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-112489 (URN)881251 (Local ID)881251 (Archive number)881251 (OAI)
Available from: 2015-12-08 Created: 2015-12-08 Last updated: 2019-02-15Bibliographically approved
Tollefsen, A. (2014). Konkreta rum och abstrakta platser: arbete, makt, företag i centrum och periferi. In: Kerstin Sandell, Maja Sager, Nora Räthzel (Ed.), Kritiska gemenskaper: att skriva feministisk och postkolonial vetenskap : en vänbok till Diana Mulinari (pp. 95-101). Lund: Lunds universitet
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Konkreta rum och abstrakta platser: arbete, makt, företag i centrum och periferi
2014 (Swedish)In: Kritiska gemenskaper: att skriva feministisk och postkolonial vetenskap : en vänbok till Diana Mulinari / [ed] Kerstin Sandell, Maja Sager, Nora Räthzel, Lund: Lunds universitet , 2014, p. 95-101Chapter in book (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Lund: Lunds universitet, 2014
National Category
Human Geography
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-98126 (URN)881251 (Local ID)978-91-7473-899-5 (ISBN)881251 (Archive number)881251 (OAI)
Available from: 2015-01-19 Created: 2015-01-19 Last updated: 2019-02-15Bibliographically approved
Tollefsen, A., Räthzel, N. & Mulinari, D. (2014). Transnational Corporations from the Standpoint of Workers. London: Palgrave Macmillan
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Transnational Corporations from the Standpoint of Workers
2014 (English)Book (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014. p. 328
National Category
Social Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-98125 (URN)10.1057/9781137323057 (DOI)881251 (Local ID)9781137323040 (ISBN)9781137323040 (ISBN)881251 (Archive number)881251 (OAI)
Note

Annan version:Print :Transnational corporations from the standpoint of workers 9781137323040

Available from: 2015-01-19 Created: 2015-01-19 Last updated: 2019-02-15Bibliographically approved
Eriksson, M. & Tollefsen, A. (2013). 'Of Berries and Seasonal Work': The Swedish Berry Industry and the Disciplining of Labour Migration from Thailand. In: Geiger, Martin and Pecoud, Antoine (Ed.), Disciplining the Transnational Mobility of People: (pp. ?). New York: Palgrave Macmillan
Open this publication in new window or tab >>'Of Berries and Seasonal Work': The Swedish Berry Industry and the Disciplining of Labour Migration from Thailand
2013 (English)In: Disciplining the Transnational Mobility of People / [ed] Geiger, Martin and Pecoud, Antoine, New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013, p. ?-Chapter in book (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013
Series
International Political Economy Series
National Category
Social and Economic Geography
Research subject
Social and Economic Geography
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-81910 (URN)881251 (Local ID)978-1-137-26306-3 (ISBN)881251 (Archive number)881251 (OAI)
Funder
Forte, Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare
Available from: 2013-10-23 Created: 2013-10-23 Last updated: 2019-02-15Bibliographically approved
Tollefsen, A. (2013). Produktionens ändrade organisering - fallet AB Volvo. In: Ingemar Lindberg och Anders Neergaard (Ed.), Bortom horisonten: fackets vägval i globaliseringens tid. Stockholm: Premiss Förlag
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Produktionens ändrade organisering - fallet AB Volvo
2013 (Swedish)In: Bortom horisonten: fackets vägval i globaliseringens tid / [ed] Ingemar Lindberg och Anders Neergaard, Stockholm: Premiss Förlag , 2013Chapter in book (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: Premiss Förlag, 2013
National Category
Social Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-82697 (URN)881251 (Local ID)9789186743178 (ISBN)881251 (Archive number)881251 (OAI)
Available from: 2013-11-06 Created: 2013-11-06 Last updated: 2019-02-15Bibliographically approved
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