How has the Brexit vote affected EU migrants to the UK?
This book presents a female Polish perspective, using findings from research carried out with migrants interviewed before and after the Brexit vote – voices of real people who made their home in the UK. It looks at how migrants view Brexit and what it means for them, how their experiences compare pre- and post-Brexit vote, and their future plans, as well as considering the wider implications of the migrant experience in relation to precarity and the British paid labour market.
A democratic critique of precarity
Sofia Näsströma* and Sara Kalmb
aDepartment of Government, Uppsala University, Box 514, 751 20 Uppsala, Sweden; bDepartment
of Political Science, Lund University, Box 52, 221 00 Lund, Sweden
The term ‘precarity’ has become increasingly popular as a way to capture the material
and psychological vulnerability resulting from neoliberal economic reforms. This
article demonstrates that such precarity is incompatible with democracy. More speci-
fically, it makes two arguments. First, and inspired by Montesquieu
What risks and insecurities do older people face in a time of both increased longevity and widening inequality?
This edited collection develops an exciting new approach to understanding the changing cultural, economic and social circumstances facing different groups of older people. Exploring a range of topics, the chapters provide a critical review of the concept of precarity, highlighting the experiences of ageing that occur within the context of societal changes tied to declining social protection. Drawing together insights from leading voices across a range of disciplines, the book underscores the pressing need to address inequality across the life course and into later life.
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.
Precarity of place: a complement to the growing precariat literature
Department of Sociology and Social Policy, University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia
This article suggests that our current understandings of precarity are insufficient to
describe the specific challenges of noncitizen living. It offers a counter concept that is
related, but distinct from precarity: ‘precarity of place’. The term, far from being
focused on the way precarity manifests itself in the workplace, instead focuses on
the challenges of physical residence for
Informal housing arrangements in the Global South have inherent and relational temporalities.
The temporality within and across housing arrangements holds within it a space of transformation.
A conceptual frame of choice and agency is key to policy engagement with housing temporalities.
The state often does not recognise the temporality of self-made housing, but rather sets into motion housing temporalities.
An absence of choice and agency in housing discourses creates conditions for precarity.
Located within a
Tackling the hyper-precarity trap
“I hope it should be helpful for people, or somebody to
continue to search to these things happen to people like me,
or somebody else. Or you can help many, many people who
are working like slave here without any money.” (Mehran)
Mehran’s words express the broader resilience and commitment to
challenging labour exploitation demonstrated by the 30 migrants who
agreed to take part in the research for this book. Indeed, several made
it clear that they were only willing to share the difficult and often
Precarity, migration and ageing
Karen Kobayashi and
Mushira Mohsin Khan
The profile of older adults in the Global North is rapidly diversifying,
with increasing proportions of foreign-born ageing populations in large
immigrant-receiving countries like Canada and the United Kingdom.
In Canada, for example, 30 per cent of those aged 65 years and over
are foreign-born (Ng et al, 2012). Yet, despite this demographic
significance of the foreign-born older adult population, very little
research has been conducted on the complex and varied