1st Edition

Mapping Precariousness, Labour Insecurity and Uncertain Livelihoods Subjectivities and Resistance

Edited By Emiliana Armano, Arianna Bove, Annalisa Murgia Copyright 2017
    224 Pages
    by Routledge

    248 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The condition of precariousness not only provides insights into a segment of the world of work or of a particular subject group, but is also a standpoint for an overview of the condition of the social on a global scale. Because precariousness is multidimensional and polysemantic, it traverses contemporary society and multiple contexts, from industrial to class, gender, family relations as well as political participation, citizenship and migration.

    This book maps the differences and similarities in the ways precariousness and insecurity in employment and beyond unfold and are subjectively experienced in regions and sectors that are confronted with different labour histories, legislations and economic priorities. Establishing a constructive dialogue amongst different global regions and across disciplines, the chapters explore the shift from precariousness to precariat and collective subjects as it is being articulated in the current global crisis. This edited collection aims to continue a process of mapping experiences by means of ethnographies, fieldwork, interviews, content analysis, where the precarious define their condition and explain how they try to withdraw from, cope with or embrace it.

    This is valuable reading for students and academics interested in geography, sociology, economics and labour studies.


    Emiliana Armano, Arianna Bove, Annalisa Murgia

    Part 1: Subjectivities: a cartography of experiences

    1. The Precariousness of Work in Postcolonial Africa

    Franco Barchiesi

    2. The Chinese Dream and the Precarity Plateau. Why industrial workers are looking to entrepreneurship

    Brandon Sommer

    3. Hybrid areas of work in Italy. Hypotheses to interpret the transformations of precariousness and subjectivity

    Emiliana Armano and Annalisa Murgia

    4. The French Business and Employment Co-operative: An Autonomy Factory?

    Marie-Christine Bureau and Antonella Corsani

    5. Against Precarity, Against Employability

    Ivor Southwood

    6. The ‘Academic Career’ in the Era of Flexploitation

    George Morgan and Julian Wood

    7. Coping with uncertainty. Precarious workers of the Greek media sector

    Manos Spyridakis

    8. Precarious Lives

    Joanne Richardson

    9. Precarious Japan

    Steffi Richter

    Part 2: Resistance: social movements against precariousness

    10. The two endings of the precarious movement

    Dimitris Papadopoulos

    11. The Precariat For Itself: EuroMayDay and Precarious Workers’ Movements,

    Alex Foti

    12. Fake it until you make it: Prefigurative practices and the extrospection of precarity

    Valeria Graziano

    13. "Precariedad Everywhere?!" Rethinking Precarity and Emigration in Spain

    María Isabel Casas-Cortés and Sebastian Cobarrubias

    Part 3: Conceptual outlooks

    14. Working for Nothing. The Latest High-Growth Sector?

    Andrew Ross

    15. Labour, (In-)Dependence, Care Conceptualizing the Precarious

    Isabell Lorey

    16. Encoding the Law of the Household and the Standardisation of Uncertainty

    Angela Mitropoulos


    Emiliana Armano has a PhD in Labour Studies at the Department of Social and Political Sciences in the State University of Milan, Italy.

    Arianna Bove is a Lecturer in Politics and Ethics at the School of Business and Management, Queen Mary, University of London, UK.

    Annalisa Murgia is Associate Professor in Human Resources Management, Leeds University Business School, UK.

    "It is against such expansive theoretical terrain that Armano, Bove and Murgia’s edited volume sets out to trace the contours and expand on current conceptualisations. Suitably subtitled Subjectivities and Resistance: An Introduction, the volume considers the structural context of precarious work, yet goes beyond and engages with the grainy, casual and colloquial body of precarious narratives that emerge from the grass-roots and are in danger of being overlooked. The book is divided into three parts, investigating the precarious experience on three different levels and from three different standpoints."
    Constantine Manolchev, University of Exeter Business School, UK, Work, employment and society Journal

    "Angela Mitropoulos’s final, summary chapter is particularly noteworthy as it connects the precarity of labour market structures with the precariousness of existence in a mosaic of markets, state policy, labour valorisation and regulative order. It restates the continued scope for individual resistance in the face of precarious odds, reminding that the volume is equally concerned with past trends, and the direction of future travel."
    The British Sociological Association Journal