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Title: Labour flexibility and labour precariousness as conceptual tools for the historical study of the interactions between labour relations
Authors: De Vito, Christian
First Published: 2016
Publisher: Brill
Citation: De Vito, C, Labour flexibility and labour precariousness as conceptual tools for the historical study of the interactions between labour relations, 'On the Road to Global Labour History', Brill (Forthcoming Title)
Abstract: This essay seeks to highlight the potential of the concepts of labour flexibility and labour precariousness in developing the historical study of the interactions between (“free” and “unfree”) labour relations. At the same time, it highlights the impact of a global and long - term approach to labour flexibility and labour precariousness on the contemporary debate in this field. To this double aim, I define labour flexibility as the relative advantage attached by employers and policy - makers to certain labour relations, based on the opportunity to recruit, locate and manage workforces in the place, time and task most conducive to the former’s own economic and political goals. In other words, labour flexibility express es the employers’ and policy - makers’ quest to synchronise the availability of what they perceive as the most appropriate workforce, with their productive and political needs. In turn, labour precariousness is defined here as the workers’ own perception of their (lack of) control over their labour power, in relation to other workers, the labour market, and the social reproduction of their workforce. [First Paragraph]
ISBN: TBA
Links: http://www.brill.com/
http://hdl.handle.net/2381/33561
Version: Post-print
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Chapter
Rights: Copyright © 2015, Brill. All rights reserved. Deposited with reference to the publisher’s self-archiving policy, available at http://www.brill.com/resources/authors/publishing-books-brill/self-archiving-rights
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