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The Breathing Factory: Locating the global labouring body

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In 2005, the Republic of Ireland was defined as the most globalised economy in the world (IDA Ireland). The significance of this position is amplified by the fact that the South of Ireland never experienced an Industrial Revolution compared to other western European countries (O'Brien 1999). In the absence of significant audio and visual representation of labour, global labour practices and globalised industrial space in the context of this accelerated economic development, this study, both in its methodological design and implementation, stakes out new terrain through the combined use of photography, digital video and ethnographic methods, further engaging with the oral testimony of workers in the multinational location/fieldsite of Hewlett-Packard Manufacturing and Technology Campus, Leixlip, County Kildare. This article addresses the rationale for the multivocal framework in which this practice-led research project has been methodologically undertaken and its role in the formation of the installation, The Breathing Factory (2006).
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Keywords: ethnography; global labour practices; installation; lens-based research; montage/multivocality; reflexivity

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Dublin Institute of Technology.

Publication date: July 31, 2008

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