Labor and Precarity Syllabus

Date Published: 5/7/2020

The rise of precarious and contingent labor has been one of the major economic changes over the past few decades, especially in the aftermath of the Great Recession of 2007–2009. That precarity impacts many roles within the economy—gig workers, warehouse workers, day laborers, sanitation workers, and beyond—that all share a similar set of uncertainties, such as limited or no permanent employee rights, work-based payment, and insecure/unprotected households. These books, journal issues, and articles address the many faces of precarity around the world.

All book introductions are freely available.

San Precario: A New Inspiration for Labor Historians

Marcel van der Linden
Labor 11:1, 2014

Digital Precarity Manifesto

Precarity Lab
Social Text 141, 2019

Precarious Japan

Anne Allison

The Rise of Precarious Workers

Todd Wolfson, section editor
South Atlantic Quarterly 119:2, 2020

Roll With It: Brass Bands in the Streets of New Orleans

Matt Sakakeeny

Labor's Contingency

Melinda Cooper and T. E Woronov, editors
South Atlantic Quarterly 111:4, 2012

From the Subaltern to the Precariat

Simon During
boundary 2 42:2, 2015

Garbage Citizenship: Vital Infrastructures of Labor in Dakar, Senegal

Rosalind Fredericks

Day Laborers, Domestic Workers, and Precarity’s Politics

Paul Apostolidis, section editor
South Atlantic Quarterly 117:2, 2018

Reclaiming the Discarded: Life and Labor on Rio's Garbage Dump

Kathleen M. Millar

Precarious Seoul: Urban Inequality and Belonging of Young Adults in South Korea

Minwoo Jung
positions 25:4, 2017

Invisibility by Design: Women and Labor in Japan's Digital Economy

Gabriella Lukács

Mothering through Precarity: Women's Work and Digital Media

Julie A. Wilson and Emily Chivers Yochim

Women of DEFA: Gender, Labor, and Precarity in (Post)Socialist Cinema

Faye Stewart
Camera Obscura 99, 2018

Improper Selves: Cultures of Precarity

Gabriel Giorgi
Social Text 115, 2013

A People's History of Detroit

Mark Jay and Philip Conklin

Poor Queer Studies: Confronting Elitism in the University

Matt Brim