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Precarious Creativity: Global Media, Local Labor ed. by Michael Curtin and Kevin Sanson

Precarious Creativity: Global Media, Local Labor ed. by Michael Curtin and Kevin Sanson RE IE W Precarious Creativity: Global Media, Local Labor Michael Curtin and Kevin Sanson, eds. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2016 x + 324 pp., $39.95 (paper); free Luminosoa e-book (www.luminosoa.org) The number of books and studies about the precariat, however that term is parsed, is not overwhelming. Despite its importance and—more to the point—how it conveys the reality of labor worldwide, the phenomenon cries out for more analysis. Certainly two early standard works on the precariat and related issues by Andrew Ross (Nice Work If You Can Get It [2009]) and Guy Standing (The Precariat: The New Dangerous Class [2011]) remain relevant. They help to explain why the workers of the world are now beset—ironically, when they are lucky—with zero-hour contracts (United Kingdom), casual employment (Australia), low-hour contracts (Iceland), mini jobs (Germany), subcontracted labor (India), rural to urban migration (China), and underemployment (United States), just to select a handful of national situations, rather than being part of a union or other kind of work contract. In fact, the vast majority of workers, underpaid and underemployed, have no contract of any kind. Thus we welcome this collection of twenty essays edited by Michael Curtin and Kevin Sanson, published http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Labor: Studies in Working-Class History of the Americas Duke University Press

Precarious Creativity: Global Media, Local Labor ed. by Michael Curtin and Kevin Sanson

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RE IE W Precarious Creativity: Global Media, Local Labor Michael Curtin and Kevin Sanson, eds. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2016 x + 324 pp., $39.95 (paper); free Luminosoa e-book (www.luminosoa.org) The number of books and studies about the precariat, however that term is parsed, is not overwhelming. Despite its importance and—more to the point—how it conveys the reality of labor worldwide, the phenomenon cries out for more analysis. Certainly two early standard works on the precariat and related issues by Andrew Ross (Nice Work If You Can Get It [2009]) and Guy Standing (The Precariat: The New Dangerous Class [2011]) remain relevant. They help to explain why the workers of the world are now beset—ironically, when they are lucky—with zero-hour contracts (United Kingdom), casual employment (Australia), low-hour contracts (Iceland), mini jobs (Germany), subcontracted labor (India), rural to urban migration (China), and underemployment (United States), just to select a handful of national situations, rather than being part of a union or other kind of work contract. In fact, the vast majority of workers, underpaid and underemployed, have no contract of any kind. Thus we welcome this collection of twenty essays edited by Michael Curtin and Kevin Sanson, published

Journal

Labor: Studies in Working-Class History of the AmericasDuke University Press

Published: Sep 1, 2017

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