Nice Work If You Can Get It

Nice Work If You Can Get It

Life and Labor in Precarious Times

eBook - 2009
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Is job insecurity the new norm? With fewer and fewer people working in steady long-term positions for one employer, has the dream of a secure job with full benefits and a decent salary become just that--a dream? In Nice Work If You Can Get It, Andrew Ross surveys the new topography of the global workplace and finds an emerging pattern of labor instability and uneven development on a massive scale. Combining detailed case studies with lucid analysis and graphic prose, he looks at what the new landscape of contingent employment means for workers across national, class, and racial lines--from the emerging "creative class" of high-wage professionals to the multitudes of temporary, migrant, or low-wage workers. Developing the idea of "precarious livelihoods" to describe this new world of work and life, Ross explores what it means in developed nations--comparing the creative industry policies of the United States, United Kingdom, and European Union, as well as developing countries--by examining the quickfire transformation of China's labor market. He also responds to the challenge of sustainability, assessing the promise of "green jobs" through restorative alliances between labor advocates and environmentalists.
Publisher: New York : New York University Press, ©2009
ISBN: 9780814777398
Characteristics: 1 online resource (viii, 264 pages)


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Nov 15, 2013

An important book to understanding today's work situation by one of the few sociologists really concerned with working Americans.

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