The Construction Precariat: Dependence, Domination and Labour in Dhaka, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

The Construction Precariat

Dependence, Domination and Labour in Dhaka, 1st Edition

By Selim Reza


224 pages | 37 B/W Illus.

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pub: 2020-07-29
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Positioned within the discourse of neoliberalism and precarious work, this book draws on Standing’s notion of ‘the precariat’ in an examination of the role of individual recruiters as the key actors in labour recruitment and management practices that produce precarious work conditions. Based on extensive empirical work on migrant construction workers and their recruiters in Dhaka, it explores the ways in which exploitative employment relationships contribute to various pressures and insecurities amongst migrant workers and limit scope for labour protection. Offering new insights to the fields of labour migration by unpacking the interconnections between rural-urban labour migration, recruitment and precarious employment, The Construction Precariat conceptualises the dominance of recruiters as producing ‘hyper-individualised employment’, and sheds light on the manner in which this relationship of dominance and dependence contributes heavily both to conditions of precariousness and to the control and exploitation of migrant workers.

Table of Contents

1. Precariatised Labour in Construction

2. Working Conditions and the Image of Construction Work

3. The Migration-Construction Nexus

4. Recruitment Practices and the Key Actors

5. Working with the Recruiters

6. Hyper-Individualised Employment

7. A Political Economy of the Construction Precariat

About the Author

Selim Reza is Assistant Professor of Development Studies at the Asian University for Women, Bangladesh. His key research interests span labour migration and employment relationship issues that are theoretically founded in the political economy of migrant labour and contingent employment practices.

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Routledge Studies in the Sociology of Work, Professions and Organisations

This series presents the latest sociological and social scientific research on professions, work and organisations, welcoming studies of careers, professional motivations, organisational change, entrepreneurship, workplace issues, working lives and identities, labour relations and the transformation of work in a changing economy.

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BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General