Logistics at work. Young men moving goods in warehouse and transportation services (Logistics, 2020–2025)

How is the flows of goods kept in motion? How is it possible that the shelves in your local supermarket are fully stacked and stuff you ordered online end up in your front door in due time? Global capitalism relies on work done in the logistics sector, and supply chain management is central to value production. Yet, we know little about work in this sector.

This project examines young men working in logistics and investigates three interrelated questions:

  1. hHow are goods kept in motion? Is value production dependent on embodied skills, automatization or management reforms?
  2. How does automatization and technological control change work practices and the meaning of work?
  3. How do young men construct of valuable selves in the post-Fordist, and precarious labour market? The project generates new knowledge of young men’s working conditions and changing labour market. Further, it produces knowledge of labour market transformations and automatization of the service sector.

Researchers

Lotta Haikkola

Lotta Haikkola

Postdoctoral Researcher

Doctor of Social Sciences

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Kai Tarvainen

Kai Tarvainen

Research Assistant

Bachelor of Social Sciences

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