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The Routledge Handbook of the Gig Economy

Edited by: Immanuel Ness , Robert Ovetz , Isabel Roque , Eva-Maria Swidler , Austin Zwick

Print publication date:  October  2022
Online publication date:  October  2022

Print ISBN: 9780367752903
eBook ISBN: 9781003161875
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Research on the growth of the precarious economy is of signifi cant interest as the economy increasingly becomes dependent on gig work. However, as platform and automated service work has grown, there remains a chasm in understanding the key aspects of digital labour.

This handbook presents comprehensive theoretical, empirical, and historical accounts of the political economy of informal work from the late 20th century to the present.

It examines the rich and varied analysis and critique of the informalisation of work, focusing on its most signifi cant theories, intellectual traditions, and authors. It highlights the political, social, cultural, and developmental impact of the deterioration of employment in the Global North and Global South, as well as the extreme threat posed to the planet by the growth of contingent work, poverty, and enduring and increasing inequalities produced and reproduced by the reformation of capitalism in the contemporary age of neoliberal capitalism. The period from the 1980s to the present is marked by the expanded extraction of surplus value from workers through the creation of non-standard jobs and the restructuring of work. A central component of the restructuring of work is the extension of gig employment through the development of algorithmic platforms which direct labourers to perform discrete tasks.

This is a definitive collection, representing the primary reference work, contributing to our understanding of the subject.

The book is written and presented in a clear manner, accessible to scholars and researchers of international political economy, labour economics, and sociology who are eager for new research examining this phenomenon, as well as specialists in the field of labour relations.

Chapter 11 of this book is freely available as a downloadable Open Access PDF under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives 4.0 license available at http://www.taylorfrancis.com.

Table of contents

Prelims Download PDF
Chapter  1:  Introduction Download PDF
Chapter  2:  Job instability, precarity, informality, and inequality Download PDF
Chapter  3:  Inclusion through the platform economy? Download PDF
Chapter  4:  Entrepreneurial finance capital and the gig economy Download PDF
Chapter  5:  The algorithmic surveillance of gig workers Download PDF
Chapter  6:  The challenges of total talent management in the gig economy Download PDF
Chapter  7:  (Re)inventing the collective dimension in a ‘virtualised’ labour market Download PDF
Chapter  8:  Beyond formality Download PDF
Chapter  9:  Feminised work after Fordism Download PDF
Chapter  10:  Trade unions, women's labour, and the gig economy Download PDF
Chapter  11:  Liminal precarity and compromised agency Download PDF
Chapter  12:  Platforms, labour, and mobility Download PDF
Chapter  13:  Worker solidarity among gig and precarious workers Download PDF
Chapter  14:  Vulnerable food delivery platforms under pressure Download PDF
Chapter  15:  New labour formations, precarious workers, and the gig economy Download PDF
Chapter  16:  Labour movements, gig economy, and platform capitalism Download PDF
Chapter  17:  Consumers in the gig economy Download PDF
Chapter  18:  Transformations of work in the era of the gig economy Download PDF
Chapter  19:  Prop 22 and lessons for gig workers organising against algorithmic management Download PDF
Chapter  20:  Protecting gig economy workers in EU law Download PDF
Chapter  21:  Falling through the cracks Download PDF
Chapter  22:  Ambivalences of platform work Download PDF
Chapter  23:  Russia Download PDF
Chapter  24:  Australia Download PDF
Chapter  25:  The unfulfilled promise of gig work Download PDF
Chapter  26:  Platform economy, techno-nationalism, and gig workers in India Download PDF
Chapter  27:  The gig economy in China Download PDF
Chapter  28:  Fictitious autonomy and negotiated consent Download PDF
Chapter  29:  Platform economy and gig work in South Korea Download PDF
Chapter  30:  Class formation and relations among Filipino cloudworkers Download PDF
Chapter  31:  Divided unionisation Download PDF
Chapter  32:  The rise of the gig economy in South Africa Download PDF
Chapter  33:  The gig economy in Kenya's informal transport sector Download PDF
Chapter  34:  The gig economy and the formation of new platform trade unions in South America Download PDF
Index Download PDF
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