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World Cup 2022 and Qatar's Construction Projects: Relational Power in Networks and Relational Responsibilities to Migrant Workers

Millward, P (2016) World Cup 2022 and Qatar's Construction Projects: Relational Power in Networks and Relational Responsibilities to Migrant Workers. Current Sociology. ISSN 1461-7064

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Abstract

This article explores the relational power and responsibilities to migrant workers on physical infrastructure projects in Qatar connected to the sovereign state hosting the Fédération Internationale de Football Association World Cup 2022. Currently, these construction workers operate under the Kafala system, which is upheld in Qatar. However, large numbers of Qatar's visiting migrant construction workers were recorded as injured or killed through incidents that were related to their work. Further still, many other migrant workers reported poorly sanitised living conditions and being 'trapped' by their Kafil with passports withheld or wages not forthcoming, prompting criticism from international non-governmental organisations. This article adopts a relational sociological approach (see Crossley 2010) to discuss how 'responsibilities' for deaths, injuries and illnesses are passed between key actors that include the State of Qatar, Fédération Internationale de Football Association, World Cup sponsors, building contractors and sub-contractors, and the recruitment agencies that find workers in other countries to work on the construction sites. As such, it makes three scholarly contributions: it leads in unpacking and discussing the treatment of migrant construction workers in World Cup 2022 infrastructure projects in Qatar; it follows work by Timms (2012a; 2012b) in adding to the literature on the passing of responsibilities for migrant workers between states and corporations in globalized societies and, it uses the case to further critically unpack Castells’ notions of relational power in networks.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 1608 Sociology
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure > GV561 Sports
Divisions: Humanities and Social Science
Publisher: SAGE Publications
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Date Deposited: 21 Oct 2016 12:04
Last Modified: 12 Sep 2017 10:18
DOI or Identification number: 10.1177/0011392116645382
URI: http://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/4670

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