A genealogy of precarity and its ambivalence

Coin, Francesca (2018) A genealogy of precarity and its ambivalence. In: Made in China Yearbook 2017: Gilded Age :. ANU E Press, Canberra, pp. 30-33. ISBN 9781760461980

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Focusing on the conceptual evolution of precarious labour over the past three decades, this essay provides a genealogy of the notion of precarity. On the eve of the fourth industrial revolution, when precarity has become the norm and fears of a jobless society have alimented a dystopian imaginary for the future, this historical reconstruction seeks to identify those elements that have shaped the material conditions of workers as well as influenced their capacity of endurance in times of growing uncertainty.

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