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Beyond the Wage

Ordinary Work in Diverse Economies

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

Published

Jun 22, 2021

Page count

314 pages

ISBN

978-1529208931

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press

Published

Jun 22, 2021

Page count

314 pages

ISBN

978-1529208955

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press
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    Beyond the Wage

    Recent developments in the organization 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, based on the historical experiences of industrial workers in the global North.

    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; from Cambodian brick kilns to Catalonian cooperatives. Their contributions open up new possibilities for how work, identity and security might be woven together differently.

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

    "This book offers an innovative response to widespread contemporary concerns that we are increasingly facing a job-scarce future by rejecting the Eurocentric roots of this concern. The volume demonstrates how much we can all learn by turning to the Global South, to sites in which people’s engagement with fairly different strategies for work distribution and compensation have resulted in labour practices that can shed much needed light on contemporary work around the world." Ilana Gershon, Indiana University

    "A much needed volume that brings to centre stage the diversity of ordinary work. It convincingly challenges the capitalocentric focus on wage employment as the only ‘real’ job." Katherine Gibson, Western Sydney University

    "Challenging assumptions that restrict and hierarchise most thinking about work, this exciting collection draws from experiences across the globe to help us imagine new futures." Bridget Anderson, University of Bristol

    "Giving voice to stories of contemporary work the world over, this book projects a shared perspective that complicates easy paths from the present reality of work to its possible futures." Frederick Harry Pitts, University of Bristol

    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 Reader in the School of Geography at Queen Mary University of London.

    Introduction: Work Beyond the Wage ~ William Monteith, Dora-Olivia Vicol and Philippa Williams

    Part One: RUPTURES

    Chapter 1., "Shit Wages" and Side Hustles: Ordinary Working Lives in Nairobi, London and Berlin ~ Tatiana Thieme

    Chapter 2., The Work of Looking for Work: Surviving Without a Wage in Austerity Britain ~ Sam Strong

    Chapter 3., Seeking Attachment in the Fissured Workplace: External Workers in the United States ~ Claudia Strauss

    Part Two: RESIGNATIONS

    Chapter 4., Wilful Resignations: Women, Labour and Life in Urban India ~ Asiya Islam

    Chapter 5., ‘Be Your Own Boss’: Entrepreneurial Dreams on the Urban Margins of South Africa ~ Hannah Dawson

    Chapter 6., Work Outside the Hamster’s Cage: Precarity and the Pursuit of a Life Worth Living in Catalonia ~ Vinzenz Bäumer Escobar

    Chapter 7., Choosing to be Unfree? The Aspirations and Constraints of Debt-bonded Brick Workers in Cambodia ~ Nithya Natarajan, Katherine Brickell, and Laurie Parsons

    Part Three: STRUGGLES

    Chapter 8., “Earning Money as the Wheels Turn Around”: Cycle-rickshaw Drivers and Wageless Work in Dhaka ~ Annemiek Prins

    Chapter 9., Going Gojek, or Staying Ojek? Competing Visions of Work and Economy in Jakarta’s Motorbike Taxi Industry ~ Mechthild von Vacano

    Chapter 10., "I Voted Bolsonaro for President": Street Vending and the Crisis of Labour Representation in Belo Horizonte, Brazil ~ Mara Nogueira

    Part Four: POSSIBILITIES

    Chapter 11., Extraordinary: Crisis, Charity and Care in London’s World without Work ~ Dora-Olivia Vicol

    Chapter 12., Defending the Wage: Visions of Work and Distribution in Namibia ~ E. Fouksman