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Beyond the Wage

Ordinary Work in Diverse Economies

Edited by William Monteith, Dora-Olivia Vicol and Philippa Williams

Published

1 Apr 2021

Page count

248 pages

ISBN

978-1529208931

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press

Published

1 Apr 2021

Page count

248 pages

ISBN

978-1529208955

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press
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    Recent developments in the social and spatial organisation of production have facilitated the decline of wage labour in many regions of the world. However, the idea of wage employment continues to dominate the political imaginations of governments, researchers and activists.

    This edited collection revitalises debates on the future of work by de-centring wage labour as a presumed norm. Taking theoretical inspiration from the global South, the authors compare lived experiences of ‘ordinary work’ across taken-for-granted conceptual and geographical boundaries, opening up new possibilities for how work, identity and security might be woven together differently.

    William Monteith is Lecturer in the School of Geography at Queen Mary University of London.

    Dora-Olivia Vicol is Director of the Work Rights Centre, a charity dedicated to employment justice.

    Philippa Williams is Senior Lecturer in the School of Geography at Queen Mary University of London.

    Introduction ~ W. Monteith, D. Vicol, P. Williams

    Toward Emic 21st Century Understandings of Work ~ C. Strauss

    Thinking Across Ethnographies of the Hustle Economy in London and Nairobi ~ T. Thieme

    (De)constructing ‘Informality’ Among Bonded Brick Workers in Phnom Penh ~ N. Natarajan, L. Parsons

    Reassessing the in/Formality Paradigm: GoJek Digital Motorcycle Taxis, Jakarta ~ M. Von Vacano

    Inhumane Work or Independent Lives? Rickshaw Drivers and Wageless Labor in Dhaka ~ A. Prins

    Resignations, Irregularity of Labour, and Gender in Delhi ~ A. Islam

    On Being Precarious: Life Without a Wage in the UK’s Most Deprived County ~ S. Strong

    With a Little Help From My Friends: Navigating Precarious Self-Employment in London ~ D. Vicol

    Performing Precarity in a Catalonian Cooperative ~ v. Bäumer Escobar

    The Moral Economy of Work and (Re)distribution: Demanding Jobs and Deserving Money in Johannesburg ~ E. Foukman

    Conclusions: Post-Wage Futures? ~ W. Monteith, D. Vicol, P. Williams