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A genealogy of precarity and its ambivalence

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Publication date2018
Host publicationMade in China Yearbook 2017: Gilded Age
EditorsIvan Franceschini , Nicholas Loubere
Place of PublicationCanberra
PublisherANU E Press
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9781760461997
ISBN (Print)9781760461980
<mark>Original language</mark>English


Focusing on the conceptual evolution of precarious labour over the past three decades, this essay provides a genealogy of the notion of precarity. On the eve of the fourth industrial revolution, when precarity has become the norm and fears of a jobless society have alimented a dystopian imaginary for the future, this historical reconstruction seeks to identify those elements that have shaped the material conditions of workers as well as influenced their capacity of endurance in times of growing uncertainty.