American Sociological Association

Review Essay: Combating Labor Precarity Is Hard Work

“All that is solid melts into air,” wrote Marx and Engels in The Communist Manifesto, at a time when labor was becoming increasingly precarious. The experience of workplace precarity and the broader feeling of insecurity it engenders are certainly not new; they are as old as capitalism. Even so, precarious labor as a concept is enjoying quite a boom these days. Gerry Rodgers and Janine Rodgers’s (1989) introduction of the term to a broad English-speaking audience did not immediately catch fire, but the 2000s brought a new wave of research seeking to characterize labor precarity in the United States, Europe, and Canada (Kalleberg 2011; Standing 2011; Vosko 2006).

Authors

Chris Tilly

Volume

48

Issue

6

Starting Page

617

Ending Page

621