Labouring in Lilliput : labour relations and images of smallness in developing microstates
Baldacchino, Godfrey (1993) Labouring in Lilliput : labour relations and images of smallness in developing microstates. PhD thesis, University of Warwick.
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This project opens up insights into the social processes
colouring labour relations in developing microstates. It purports
to explore how worker behaviour in very small, often island,
developing countries unfolds in circumstances prone also to
influences resulting from the condition of smallness.
The thesis' main intended contribution is therefore an alertness
to the plausibility and heuristic usefulness of a smallness
perspective towards a better understanding of microstate labour
dynamics in particular.
The research design adopted is reflexively critical. It confronts
the theories and epithets surrounding the developing microstate,
constructing a home grown, conceptual framework and
methodological regime. This sensitises research to the often
unacknowledged, behavioural dynamics which 'infect' labour
formation and labour-management relations in these territories.
The method of investigation comprises a resort to multiple data
sourcing. A literature audit is complemented by 4 case studies.
These involve: Transnationally comparable employment and labour
relations settings emergent from semi-structured interview
scripts; encounters with fellow microstate academics; and an
The material is organised a follows: The research question is
first set up and the applied methodology problematised (Chapter
1) . Next is a review of development theory, with the proposal of
an alternative explanation of microstate 'development'
strategies, subsequently applied to the experiences of Malta (my
country) and Barbados (Chapter 2). The construction of a
microstate labour syndrome follows, with the explanatory and
organising potential of a typology revolving around the
conditions of intimacy, totality and monopoly (Chapter 3). These
leitmotifs are then tested out: First, in the context of labour
relations in two microstate hotels (Chapter 4); secondly, with
respect to the behaviour and perceptions of microstate campus
academic staff; lastly, in relation to the self as microstate
academic (Chapter 5). The conclusion serves as a synthesis as
well as an opportunity to appraise the implications of the
results (Chapter 6).
|Item Type:||Thesis or Dissertation (PhD)|
|Subjects:||H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor|
|Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH):||Industrial relations, Developing countries -- Economic conditions, States, Small -- Economic conditions|
|Official Date:||October 1993|
|Institution:||University of Warwick|
|Theses Department:||School of Industrial and Business Studies|
|Supervisor(s)/Advisor:||Hyman, Richard ; Fairbrother, Peter|
|Sponsors:||Commonwealth Fund for Technical Cooperation (CFTC) ; University of Prince Edward Island ; University of Malta ; University of Warwick ; University of the West Indies (Cave Hill, Barbados)|
|Extent:||xiv, 442 p.|
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