Precarious Work Vol: 31

Arne L. Kalleberg
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA

Steven P. Vallas
Northeastern University, USA

Product Details
08 Dec 2017
Emerald Publishing Limited
480 pages - 152 x 229mm
Research in the Sociology of Work
This volume presents original theory and research on precarious work in various parts of the world, identifying its social, political and economic origins, its manifestations in the USA, Europe, Asia, and the Global South, and its consequences for personal and family life. 

In the past quarter century, the nature of paid employment has undergone a dramatic change due to globalization, rapid technological change, the decline of the power of workers in favor of employers, and the spread of neoliberalism. Jobs have become far more insecure and uncertain, with workers bearing the risks of employment as opposed to employers or the government. This trend towards precarious work has engulfed virtually all advanced capitalist nations, but unevenly so, while countries in the Global South continue to experience precarious conditions of work. 

This title examines theories of precarious work; cross-national variations in its features; racial and gender differences in exposure to precarious work; and the policy alternatives that might protect workers from undue risk. The chapters utilize a variety of methods, both quantitative statistical analyses and careful qualitative case studies.  This volume will be a valuable resource that constitutes required reading for scholars, activists, labor leaders, and policy makers concerned with the future of work under contemporary capitalism.
Introduction, Probing Precarious Work: Theory, Research, and Politics; Arne L. Kalleberg and Steven P. Vallas 
Part One: Theory and Method 
1. Precarious work, regime of competition and the case of Europe; Valeria Pulignano  
2. Classification Struggles in Semi-Formal and Precarious Work: Lessons from Inmate Labor and Cultural Production; Michael Gibson-Light 
3. Non-Standard Employment and Subjective Insecurity: How Can We Capture Job Precarity Using Survey Data?; Anna Kiersztyn 
Part Two: Precarious Work in the United States 
4. Bad Jobs in a Troubled Economy: The Impact of the Great Recession in America's Major Metropolitan Areas; Michael Wallace and Joonghyun Kwak 
5. Hackathons as Co-optation Ritual: Socializing Workers and Institutionalizing Innovation in the New Economy; Sharon Zukin and Max Papadantonakis 
6. A Racial-Gender Lens on Precarious Employment; Enobong Hannah Branch and Caroline Hanley  
7. The Gender of Layoffs in the Oil and Gas Industry; Christine L. Williams 
Part Three: International Perspectives on Precarious Work 
8. The Rise of Precarious Employment in Germany; David Brady and Thomas Biegert 
9. Precarious Work in Europe: Assessing Cross-National Differences and Institutional Determinants of Work Precarity in 32 European Countries; Quan D. Mai 
10. Informal Employment in the Global South: Globalisation, Production Relations and 'Precarity'; Michael Rogan, Sally Roever, Martha Alter Chen, and Françoise Carre  
11. Determinants of Participation in Precarious Work in India: An Empirical Analysis; Rahul Suresh Sapkal and K.R. Shyam Sundar 
Part Four: The Consequences of Precarious Work 
12. Precarious Early Careers: Instability and Timing within Labor Market Entry; Dirk Witteveen 
13. "Bad Jobs" for Marriage: Job Quality and the Transition to First Marriage; Sojung Lim 
14. 'You Don't Dare Plan Much': Contract work and Personal Life for International Early-Career Professionals; Aliya Hamid Rao
Arne L. Kalleberg is Kenan Distinguished Professor of Sociology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA. He has written extensively on work, stratification and inequality, in particular on the emergence of nonstandard work arrangements such as temporary, contract, and part-time work in the US, Asia and Europe. His most recent publication is Precarious Lives: Job Insecurity and Well-Being in Rich Democracies and he is also Editor of Social Forces: An International Sociological Journal
Steven P. Vallas is Professor of Sociology at Northeastern University, USA. He has written numerous books and articles on work and authority systems in various industries including, most recently, Work: A Critique and The Sage Handbook of Resistance (co-edited with David Courpasson).

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