Precarious Work and the Challenge for Asia

Kalleberg, Arne L.; & Hewison, Kevin. (2013). Precarious Work and the Challenge for Asia. American Behavioral Scientist, 57(3), 271-88.

Kalleberg, Arne L.; & Hewison, Kevin. (2013). Precarious Work and the Challenge for Asia. American Behavioral Scientist, 57(3), 271-88.

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This article discusses the social, economic, and political factors that led to the rise and consolidation of precarious work in various countries in Asia. We first define what we mean by “precarious work” and its utility for describing the growth of work that is uncertain and insecure and in which risks are shifted from employers to workers. We then provide an overview of the factors that generated precarious work in industrial nations, notably the spread of neoliberalism as a political and economic perspective, the expansion of global competition, and technological development. These macro structural influences created an impetus for greater flexibility among both states and employers, which in turn led to more precarious work in both formal and informal sectors of the economies of many Asian countries. This, in turn, has provoked various types of resistance on the part of workers against the negative consequences of precarious work.


Population Movement, Diversity, Inequality


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Kalleberg, Arne L.
Hewison, Kevin



2013


American Behavioral Scientist

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