Monday, June 21, 2010

Living la vida precaria in Temp Nation

East-West University's Chicago shenanigans, our own Unemployment Comp Initiative, US Social Forum (including but not limited to Adjuncts United at the opening day march and "voices for the voiceless" workshop) and are all necessary by-products of / reactions to living la vida precaria in Temp Nation. No study or academic press articles needed to figure that one out. "Lived experience" (Raymond Williams) suffices. 

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Not academia but relevant: Temp Nation, a four-part Global Post series on the structural changes taking place in Japan, the world's second-largest economy. With the demise of Japan, Inc.'s lifetime employment policies [cf tenure], more than a third of the country's workforce is now underworked and underpaid. This series examines how some temps are starting to fight back. It also investigates the impact on foreign workers, and the political response to this growing social and economic problem.

Times Higher Education reviews Nice Work If You Can Get It: Life and Labor in Precarious Times, which includes chapters on precarity in the university. Excerpts are also available on Google Books.
Nice Work If You Can Get It: Life and Labor in Precarious Times (Nyu Series in Social and Cultural Analysis)

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