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Call for Abstracts: “Is ‘Precarity’ a Useful Concept for Understanding Development in Asia?”
March 21, 2016 - 12:00
Precarity, which describes increasingly unpredictable job security, the demise of social welfare, and the ensuing psychological effects of these processes, has become widely used by scholars such as Guy Standing to understand recent transformations in North America and Western Europe. More specifically, the precariat has come to replace the proletariat—albeit as a more diffuse category—in critical politics and analysis in order to conceptualize the shift from Fordism to post-Fordism and the broader effects of neoliberalization. More recently, Kevin Hewison and Arne Kalleberg have applied the concept of precarity to an Asian context, focusing in particular on labor in industrialized economies such as South Korea. This panel builds upon these discussions and asks: is precarity a useful concept for understanding development issues in Asia?
Date of conference: 22-24 August 2016
Call for abstracts deadline: 21 March 2016, 12:00