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Precarious Lives: Filling the Gaps


Kalleberg, Arne L. (2021). Precarious Lives: Filling the Gaps. Contemporary Sociology, 50(2), 114-118.


In Precarious Lives: Job Insecurity and Well-Being in Rich Democracies, I sought to explain the recent rise in precarious work in rich democracies and how this affects peoples’ experiences of job and economic insecurity, their transition to adulthood, and their subjective well-being in countries with dissimilar institutions and cultures. I examined these questions by studying six countries that differed in their labor market and social welfare protection institutions. I also outlined some of the policies needed to address some of the major challenges related to precarious work and lives. These are big and complex questions, which is reflected in the diversity of issues raised by the contributors to this symposium.


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Contemporary Sociology


Kalleberg, Arne L.