posts tagged asWorking Class Perspectives

Everyday Encounters: Antagonism in the Sharing Economy

by , on December 15, 2016

Contemporary service industry jobs, many of them tied to the sharing economy, affect both workers and customers. As Diane Negra and John Russo write in Working-Class Perspectives this week, the combination of digital platforms, automation, and control of workers’ behavior undermine the quality of work while also creating conflict between those who provide customer service and consumers seeking assistance.

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Deindustrialisation, Deregulation, and Division: The Case of Shirebrook and Sports Direct

by on November 29, 2016

Deindustrialisation has ravaged areas of the English North and Midlands, areas that are also some of the hardest hit by successive governments’ programs of austerity since 2008. A recent study claimed that the hollowing out of industry in these areas and its replacement with low paid, insecure work enabled by a severely deregulated labour market has meant that many people have been redirected out of the labour market and onto incapacity benefits.

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White Trash, Hillbillies, and Middle-Class Stereotypes

by on September 25, 2016

During election years white people who do not have bachelor’s degrees (the increasingly common definition of “the working class”) become both a somewhat exotic who-knew-they-were-here-and-in-such-large-numbers object of discussion and a target for freewheeling social psychologizing. Thus, it is more than a little refreshing to see two books attempt to tackle the more exotic side of Donald Trump’s beloved “the poorly educated.”

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Poverty and Precarious Work

by on September 7, 2016

Given that many working people are also poor, Labor Day is good time to talk about poverty in the United States. But in this election year, with so much with emphasis on jobs, we should look especially at the relationship between poverty and the changing landscape of work and economic insecurity.

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