The Deconstruction of Employment as a Political Question

'Employment' as a Floating Signifier

Editors: Serrano-Pascual, Amparo, Jepsen, Maria (Eds.)

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  • Elaborates the interrelationship between the language and grammar of employment and the actual structures of wage-earning
  • Renews the current debate on the changes affecting the world of labor through an approach that is interdisciplinary and transcultural
  • Directly relevant to international policy proposals and discussions on the nature and extent of the changes affecting the category of work 
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The wide-ranging European perspectives brought together in this volume aim to analyse, by means of an interdisciplinary approach, the numerous implications of a massive shift in the conception of ‘work’ and the category of ‘worker’. Changes in the production models, economic downturn and increasing digitalisation have triggered a breakdown in the terms and assumptions that previously defined and shaped the notion of employment. This has made it more difficult to discuss, and problematise, issues like vulnerability in employment in such terms as unfairness, inequality and inadequate protection. Taking the ‘deconstruction of employment’ as a central idea for theorising the phenomenon of work today, this volume explores the emergence of new semantic fields and territories for understanding and regulating employment. These new linguistic categories have implications beyond language alone: they reformulate the very concept of waged employment (including those aspects previously considered intrinsic to the meaning of work and of being ‘a worker’), along with other closely associated categories such as unemployment, self-employment, and inactivity.


About the authors

Amparo Serrano-Pascual is Professor of Sociology and Social Psychology at the Complutense University of Madrid, Spain. 

 

Maria Jepsen is Director of Research at the European Trade Union Institute (ETUI), Belgium, and Associate Professor of Labour Economics at the Free University of Brussels, Belgium. 

 


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“This excellent compilation of articles serves as a guide for understanding the mutations of contemporary employment, at a moment of confusion and uncertainty regarding the current and future implications of these transformations. With a cadre of authors that leaves little doubt as to the soundness of the work, the collection explores different analyses on the deconstruction of employment as a political question. This work is an opportunity to understand the challenges of the world of work - and those which face us as a society – by offering a perspective of current processes, and contributing a critical, deep understanding of their social and political implications.” (Elsa Santamaría,  Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC), Spain)

Table of contents (14 chapters)

Table of contents (14 chapters)
  • Introduction: The Political Reinvention of Work in Times of Crisis

    Serrano-Pascual, Amparo (et al.)

    Pages 1-29

  • Outsourcing, Offshoring and the Deconstruction of Employment: New and Old Challenges

    Drahokoupil, Jan (et al.)

    Pages 33-61

  • New Forms of Work and Employment in the Digital Economy

    Valenduc, Gérard

    Pages 63-80

  • The Deconstruction of Employment and the Crisis of Citizenship in Europe

    Alonso, Luis Enrique

    Pages 81-106

  • The Decline of the Worker as Collective Subject

    Sánchez Jiménez, Vicente

    Pages 107-127

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Deconstruction of Employment as a Political Question
Book Subtitle
'Employment' as a Floating Signifier
Editors
  • Amparo Serrano-Pascual
  • Maria Jepsen
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-93617-8
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-93617-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-93616-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XX, 344
Number of Illustrations
15 b/w illustrations, 5 illustrations in colour
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