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Beyond the Wage

Ordinary Work in Diverse Economies

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

Published

1 Jun 2021

Page count

248 pages

ISBN

978-1529208931

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press

Published

1 Jun 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 organisation of work and production have facilitated the decline of wage employment in many regions of the world. However, the idea of the wage continues to dominate the political imaginations of governments, researchers and activists.

    This edited collection revitalises debates on the future of work by challenging the idea of wage employment as the global norm. Taking theoretical inspiration from the Global South, the authors compare lived experiences of ‘ordinary work’ across taken-for-granted conceptual and geographical boundaries. Their contributions open up new possibilities for how work, identity and security might be woven together differently.

    The book is an invaluable resource for academics, students and readers interested in alternative and emerging forms of work around the world.

    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.

    1. Introduction: Work Beyond the Wage

    William Monteith, Dora-Olivia Vicol and Philippa Williams

    Part I RUPTURES

    2. Shit Wages and Side Hustles: Ordinary Working Lives in Nairobi, London and Berlin

    Tatiana Thieme

    3. The Work of Looking for Work: Surviving Workfare in Austerity Britain

    Sam Strong

    4. Seeking Connection in the Fissured Workplace: External Workers in North America

    Claudia Strauss

    Part II RESIGNATIONS

    5. Wilful resignations: Women, Labour and Life in New Delhi

    Asiya Islam

    6. ‘Be Your Own Boss’: Entrepreneurial Dreams on the Urban Margins of South Africa

    Hannah Dawson

    7. Work Outside the Hamster’s Cage: Precarity and the Pursuit of a Life Worth Living in Catalonia

    Vinzenz Bäumer Escobar

    8. Choosing to be Unfree? Aspirations and Constraints Among Debt-bonded Brick Workers in Cambodia

    Nithya Natarajan, Katherine Brickell, and Laurie Parsons

    Part III STRUGGLES

    9. “Earning Money as the Wheels Turn Around”: Cycle-Rickshaw Drivers and Wageless Work in Dhaka

    Annemiek Prins

    10. (G)ojek: Negotiating Fairness in Jakarta’s Transport Industry

    Mechthild von Vacano

    11. The Crisis of Labour in the Neoliberal City: Struggles of Street Vendors in Belo Horizonte, Brazil

    Mara Nogueira

    Part IV POSSIBILITIES

    12. Extra-ordinary: Extra-Ordinary: Crisis, Charity and Care in a World Without Work in London

    Dora-Olivia Vicol

    13. Resisting Redistribution: Longing for Wage-Work in Namibia

    Elizaveta Fouksman