Nice work if you can get it: Life and labor in precarious times

Andrew Ross

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    Is job insecurity the new norm? With fewer and fewer people working in steady, long-term positions for one employer, has the dream of a secure job with full benefits and a decent salary become just that-a dream? In Nice Work If You Can Get It, Andrew Ross surveys the new topography of the global workplace and finds an emerging pattern of labor instability and uneven development on a massive scale. Combining detailed case studies with lucid analysis and graphic prose, he looks at what the new landscape of contingent employment means for workers across national, class, and racial lines-from the emerging "creative class" of high-wage professionals to the multitudes of temporary, migrant, or low-wage workers. Developing the idea of "precarious livelihoods" to describe this new world of work and life, Ross explores what it means in developed nations-comparing the creative industry policies of the United States, United Kingdom, and European Union, as well as developing countries-by examining the quickfire transformation of China's labor market. He also responds to the challenge of sustainability, assessing the promise of "green jobs" through restorative alliances between labor advocates and environmentalists. Ross argues that regardless of one's views on labor rights, globalization, and quality of life, this new precarious and "indefinite life," and the pitfalls and opportunities that accompany it is likely here to stay and must be addressed in a systematic way. A more equitable kind of knowledge society emerges in these pages-less skewed toward flexploitation and the speculative beneficiaries of intellectual property, and more in tune with ideals and practices that are fair, just, and renewable.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    PublisherNew York University Press
    Number of pages263
    ISBN (Print)0814776299, 9780814776292
    StatePublished - 2009

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    labor
    cultural economy
    worker
    working-day world
    knowledge society
    low wage
    intellectual property
    salary
    livelihood
    wage
    employer
    quality of life
    labor market
    migrant
    workplace
    sustainability
    globalization
    developing country
    geography
    China

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    • Social Sciences(all)

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    Ross, A. (2009). Nice work if you can get it: Life and labor in precarious times. New York University Press.

    Nice work if you can get it : Life and labor in precarious times. / Ross, Andrew.

    New York University Press, 2009. 263 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportBook

    Ross, A 2009, Nice work if you can get it: Life and labor in precarious times. New York University Press.
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