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
The last few decades have seen an increase in the migration of ageing people from richer Northern and Western countries to poorer Southern and Eastern countries.
This book seeks to understand the motivation behind retirement migration and how precarity in later life contributes to this trend.
Drawing on accounts of retirees from different nations, the book examines how welfare policies in their home country versus their country of migration shape their experiences of migration.
It shows how ageism impacts social precarity across different social classes, and across economic, social and health dimensions. It also evaluates how local and global systems of inequalities influence retirement migrants’ experience, providing both opportunities and constraints that differ across countries.
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
Despite recent achievements in the South Korean economy and development within welfare institutions, new forms of precarious work continue to prevail.
This book introduces the concept of ‘melting labour’, which refers the blurring of boundaries between traditional forms of work and workplace and the dissolution of standard employment relationships. Presenting a theoretical framework at the intersection of ‘melting labour’ and institutional protection of workers, it addresses how and why the Korean welfare state has failed to protect precarious workers.
Based on rich, in-depth interviews with over 80 precarious workers in Korea, from subcontracted manufacturing workers to platform workers, it provides a real depiction of how workers lose control over their lives and experience precariousness in labour markets.