Gender and the Contours of Precarious Employment

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  • Edition: 1st
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  • Copyright: 2009-08-25
  • Publisher: Routledge

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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.

Author Biography

Leah F. Vosko is Canada Research Chair in Feminist Political Economy at the School of 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.

Table of Contents

List of figuresp. vii
List of tablesp. viii
Notes on contributorsp. x
Acknowledgementsp. xiii
Introduction: Gender and the concept of precarious employmentp. 1
Canada: Gendered precariousness and social reproductionp. 26
The United States: Different sources of precariousness in a mosaic Of employment arrangementsp. 43
Australia: Casual employment, part-time employment and the resilience of the male-breadwinner modelp. 60
Japan: The reproductive bargain and the making of precarious employmentp. 76
Ireland: Precarious employment in the context of the European Employment Strategyp. 92
The United Kingdom: From flexible employment to vulnerable workersp. 108
The Netherlands: Precarious employment in a context of flexicurityp. 127
France: Precariousness, gender and the challenges for labour market policyp. 143
Spain: Continuity and change in precarious employmentp. 159
Germany: Precarious employment and the rise of mini-jobsp. 177
Sweden: Precarious work and precarious unemploymentp. 194
Spatial dimensions of gendered precariousness: Challenges for comparative analysisp. 211
Investigating longitudinal dimensions of precarious employment: Conceptual and practical issuesp. 226
Precarious lives in the new economy: Comparative intersectional analysisp. 240
Precarious employment in the health-care sectorp. 256
Indexp. 271
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