Street Vendors, Television Extras, Walmart Stockers, and More: Worker Subjectivity and Labor Processes in Atypical Work

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This essay reviews Enrique de la Garza Toledo's anthology on atypical work, titled Trabajo no clásico, organización y acción colectiva (Vols. 1 & 2) and situates it within the larger tradition of Latin American sociology of work. It argues that the anthology merges an emphasis on labor processes in a specific industry with an attention to the subjectivities and relationships that support worker agency and labor movements. Moreover, it posits that the rich case studies on atypical work in a wide spectrum of settings in Mexico City that are included in these two volumes provide grounded material for meso-level theorizing about the factors that shape atypical work and the ways that workers in those jobs respond to them.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)270-279
Number of pages10
JournalWork and Occupations
Volume39
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 2012

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Keywords

  • atypical work
  • informal sector
  • Latin American sociology of work
  • Mexico
  • worker subjectivity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management
  • Sociology and Political Science

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