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Commentary

Abstract

As the hegemonic form of international trade, transnational supply chains are potent symbols of global interdependence that can appear as both a cause of precarity, when oriented to them as a worker subjected to capital mobility and corporate domination, and as a welcome cushion to precarity, when oriented to them as a consumer seeking low prices and convenience. In this paper, I explore both how the pandemic-induced failings of transnational supply chains illuminate these contradictions of work and consumption and how we might reorient ourselves to these circumstances so that a broad coalition can more readily identify shared interests in changing them and ending precarity.

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