Faces of Precarity

Critical Perspectives on Work, Subjectivities and Struggles

Edited by Joseph Choonara, Annalisa Murgia and Renato Miguel Carmo

Published

Aug 8, 2022

Page count

240 pages

ISBN

978-1529220070

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press

Published

Aug 8, 2022

Page count

240 pages

ISBN

978-1529220087

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press
Faces of Precarity

The words ‘precarity’ and ‘precariousness’ are widely used when discussing work, social conditions and experiences. However, there is no consensus on their meaning or how best to use them to explore social changes.

This book shows how scholars have mapped out these notions, offering substantive analyses of issues such as the relationships between precariousness, debt, migration, health and workers’ mobilizations, and how these relationships have changed in the context of COVID-19.

Bringing together an international group of authors from diverse fields, this book offers a distinctive critical perspective on the processes of precarization, focusing in particular on the European context.

"Persuasively ranging from comprehensive analysis to detailed case studies, this is the single most up-to-date survey of the jagged landscape of 21st-century work and the volatile social economy that orbits around it." Andrew Ross, New York University

“Precarity has not gone away with platform capitalism; it has only got worse. Analytically striking and empirically rich, this book takes us to the frontlines of labour struggles tied to migration, gig work, social movements and political organization.” Ned Rossiter, Western Sydney University

Joseph Choonara is Lecturer in the School of Business at the University of Leicester, UK.

Renato Miguel Carmo is Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology at ISCTE – University Institute of Lisbon, Portugal.

Annalisa Murgia is Associate Professor of Sociology in the Department of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Milan, Italy, where she coordinates the ERC project SHARE.

1. Introduction: Critical Perspectives on Precarity and Precariousness ~ Joseph Choonara, Annalisa Murgia and Renato Miguel Carmo

Part I: Conceptualisations, Subjectivities and Etymologies

2. Précarité and Precarity: The Amazing Transnational Journey of Two Notions Unable to Form a Proper Concept in English ~ Jean-Claude Barbier

3. Conceptualising Precariousness: A Subject-oriented Approach ~ Emiliana Armano, Cristina Morini and Annalisa Murgia

4. The Experience of Precariousness as Vulnerable Time ~ André Barata and Renato Miguel Carmo

Part II: Class, Work and Employment

5. Above-Below, Inside-Outside: Precarity, Underclass and Social Exclusion in Demobilised Class Societies ~Klaus Dörre

6. Class, Classification and Conjunctures: The Use of ‘Precarity’ in Social Research ~ Charles Umney

7. The Problem with Precarity: Precarious Employment and Labour Markets ~ Joseph Choonara

8. The Social Foundations of Precarious Work: The Role of Unpaid Labour in the Family ~ Valeria Pulignano and Glenn Morgan

9. Precariousness in the Platform Economy ~ Agnieszka Piasna

10. An Epidemic-Related Turning Point: Precarious Work, Platforms and Utopian Energies ~ Patrick Cingolani

Part III: Experiences, Concretisations and Struggles

11. The Embodiment of Insecurity: How Precarious Labour Market Trajectories Affect Young Workers’ Health and Wellbeing in Catalonia (Spain) ~ Mireia Bolíbar, Francesc X. Belvis and Mariana Gutiérrez-Zamora

12. Precarity and Migration: Thai Wild Berry Pickers in Sweden ~ Charlotta Hedberg

13. Revisiting the Concept of Precarious Work in Times of Covid-19 ~ Barbora Holubová and Marta Kahancová

14. Precarious Workers and Precarity Through the Lenses of Social Movement Studies ~ Alice Mattoni

15. Organising and Self-organised Precarious Workers: The Experience of Britain ~ Jane Hardy

16. Afterword: A Pandemic of Precarity ~ Joseph Choonara, Annalisa Murgia and Renato Miguel Carmo