1st Edition

Gender and the Contours of Precarious Employment

Edited By Leah F. Vosko, Martha MacDonald, Iain Campbell Copyright 2009
    295 Pages 16 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    296 Pages 16 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Precarious employment presents a monumental challenge to the social, economic, and political stability of labour markets in industrialized societies and there is widespread consensus that its growth is contributing to a series of common social inequalities, especially along the lines of gender and citizenship.

    The editors argue that these inequalities are evident at the national level across industrialized countries, as well as at the regional level within federal societies, such as Canada, Germany, the United States, and Australia and in the European Union. This book brings together contributions addressing this issue which include case studies exploring the size, nature, and dynamics of precarious employment in different industrialized countries and chapters examining conceptual and methodological challenges in the study of precarious employment in comparative perspective.

    The collection aims to yield new ways of understanding, conceptualizing, measuring, and responding, via public policy and other means – such as new forms of union organization and community organizing at multiple scales – to the forces driving labour market insecurity.

    1. Introduction: Gender and the Concept of Precarious Employment Leah F. Vosko, Martha Macdonald and Iain Campbell  2. Canada: Gendered Precariousness and Social Reproduction Leah F. Vosko and Lisa Clark  3. The United States: Different Sources of Precariousness in a Mosaic of Employment Arrangements Francoise Carré and James Heintz  4. Australia: Casual Employment, Part-Time Employment and the Resilience of the Male-Breadwinner Model Iain Campbell, Gillian Whitehouse and Janeen Baxter  5. Japan: The Reproductive Bargain and the Making of Precarious Employment Heidi Gottfried  6. Ireland: Precarious Employment in the Context of the European Employment Strategy Julia S. O’Connor  7. The United Kingdom: From Flexible Employment to Vulnerable Workers Jacqueline O’Reilly, John Macinnes, Tiziana Nazio and Jose Roche  8. The Netherlands: Precarious Employment in a Context of Flexicurity Susanne D. Burri  9. France: Precariousness, Gender and the Challenges for Labour Market Policy Jeanne Fagnani and Marie-Thérèse Letablier  10. Spain: Continuity and Change in Precarious Employment John Macinnes  11. Germany: Precarious Employment and the Rise of Mini-Jobs Claudia Weinkopf  12. Sweden: Precarious Work and Precarious Unemployment Inger Jonsson and Anita Nyberg  13. Spatial Dimensions of Gendered Precariousness: Challenges for Comparative Analysis Martha Macdonald  14. Investigating Longitudinal Dimensions of Precarious Employment: Conceptual And Practical Issues Sylvia Fuller  15. Precarious Lives in the New Economy: Comparative Intersectional Analysis Wallace Clement, Sophie Mathieu, Steven Prus and Emre Uckardesler  16. Precarious Employment in the Health Care Sector


    Leah F. Vosko is Canada Research Chair in Feminist Political Economy at the School of Social Sciences (Political Science), York University, Toronto, Canada.

    Martha MacDonald is Professor in the Economics department at Saint Mary’s University, Nova Scotia, Canada.

    Iain Campbell is a Senior Research Fellow at RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia.

    For both its empirical and its theoretical content, this book is an essential addition
    to the libraries of scholars of gender, of work/life balance, and of what
    the editors prefer to call ‘precariousness in employment.
    - Anne Junor, Industrial Relations Research Centre, The University of New South Wales, Australia