Faces of Precarity

Critical Perspectives on Work, Subjectivities and Struggles

The word ‘precarity’ is widely used when discussing work, employment or social classes. However, there is no consensus on the precise meaning of the term or how it should best be used to explore social changes. This international and interdisciplinary book offers a distinctive and critical perspective approach to an important topic.

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The words ‘precarity’ and ‘precariousness’ are widely used when discussing work, social conditions and experiences. However, there is no consensus on their meaning or how best to use them to explore social changes.

This book shows how scholars have mapped out these notions, offering substantive analyses of issues such as the relationships between precariousness, debt, migration, health and workers’ mobilisations, and how these relationships have changed in the context of COVID-19.

Bringing together an international group of authors from diverse fields, this book offers a distinctive critical perspective on the processes of precarisation, focusing in particular on the European context.

Joseph Choonara is Lecturer in the School of Business of the University of Leicester, UK.

Renato Miguel Carmo is Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology at ISCTE – University Institute of Lisbon, Portugal.

Annalisa Murgia is Associate Professor of Sociology in the Department of Social and Political Sciences of the University of Milan, Italy, where she coordinates the ERC project SHARE.

Author/Editor details at time of book publication.