The Post-Fordist Sexual Contract

Working and Living in Contingency

Editors: Adkins, Lisa, Dever, Maryanne (Eds.)

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This collection analyzes shifting relationships between gender and labour in post-Fordist times. Contingency creates a sexual contract in which attachments to work, mothering, entrepreneurship and investor subjectivity are the new regulatory ideals for women over a range of working arrangements, and across classed and raced dimensions.

About the authors

Lisa Adkins, University of Newcastle, Australia Kori Allan, University of Newcastle, Australia Ay?e Akalin, Istanbul Technical University, Turkey Orly Benjamin, Bar-Ilan University, Israel Maryanne Dever, University of Technology, Sydney, Australia Lydia Hayes, Cardiff University, UK Dan Irving, Carleton University, Ottawa Susan Luckman, University of South Australia, Australia Mona Mannevuo, University of Turku, Finland Jessica Taylor, University of Toronto Mississauga, Canada

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"What does the sexual contract look like in times of contingency and precarity? How is contemporary post-Fordist capitalism rewriting the regulatory ideals of earlier eras? These are questions that the contributors set out to answer in this challenging and provocative collection which ranges from migrant workers to mommy bloggers and the affective attachments of academics. A fascinating and compelling collection that will be a must-read for anyone interested in work and life today." - Rosalind Gill, City University, UK

"Conventional experiences and depictions of work and employment and the worker and non-worker self are falling away. We are aware of the norms that have been lost, but we are still only starting to explore how to understand what is emergent, both in the nature of the worker, labour, the self and the home. It is a change that has consistent social drivers for change, expressed in the emergence of forms of contractualism that are individualised but where compliance implies particular social and sexual identities. Exploring these diverse experiences and their contradictions is the means by which understand the complex dimensions of that contractualism. This book is an outstanding combination of theoretical innovation and analysis of particular gender and race experiences of change. It is a statement of how to proceed analytically. In combination, the studies in this collection will contribute enormously to our understanding of social change in work, employment labour and home." - Dick Bryan, University of Sydney, Australia

"The last thirty-five years have been ones of profound social and economic change, exacerbated by the financial crisis and austerity programmes in the new millennium. The old Fordist breadwinner model of male full-time employment, paying enough to support dependents, which was once significant in western economies, has dissolved and a new sexual contract is emerging. This fascinating and provocative collection of essays examines the nature of change in divergent circumstances and places and will prove invaluable to all interested in the intersection of gender relations and economic transformation in the cold new world of post-Fordism." - Linda McDowell, University of Oxford, UK

"This important collection explores the gendered experience of workers and would-be workers in the contemporary context of post-Fordist capitalism. It argues that implicated in the often-cited ideals of entrepreneurship and financial independence, self-actualisation and investment in the self, is a new sexual contract by which women are enjoined to ever greater effort and responsibility in an escalation of demands which can never be met. The contributors to this volume provide significant insights into the problems confronted by women today in all aspects of their lives: professional, familial, financial and intimate. I recommend it to gender scholars across the social sciences." - Stephanie Taylor, The Open University, UK


Table of contents (10 chapters)

  • Contingent Labour and the Rewriting of the Sexual Contract

    Adkins, Lisa

    Pages 1-28

  • Future Investments: Gender Transition as a Socio-economic Event

    Irving, Dan

    Pages 31-48

  • Self-appreciation and the Value of Employability: Integrating Un(der) employed Immigrants in Post-Fordist Canada

    Allan, Kori

    Pages 49-69

  • Caught in a Bad Romance? Affective Attachments in Contemporary Academia

    Mannevuo, Mona

    Pages 71-88

  • Micro-enterprise as Work-Life ‘Magical Solution’

    Luckman, Susan

    Pages 91-108

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Hardcover $105.00
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Post-Fordist Sexual Contract
Book Subtitle
Working and Living in Contingency
Editors
  • Lisa Adkins
  • Maryanne Dever
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-49554-9
DOI
10.1057/9781137495549
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-49553-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 217
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