State University of New York Press 2004 240 s. ISBN 0-7914-6085-1
Bogomtale fra forlaget.
Chronicles the growing impact of job
uncertainty on workers in Europe.
Workers and Narratives of Survival in
Europe explores the growing problem of job uncertainty in Europe at the end
of the twentieth century. The management of professional precariousness is
reconsidered against the backdrop of far-reaching social, economic, and
political changes in Europe in recent decades, including: the instability of the
traditional family; the emergence of new forms of parenthood; globalization of
the economic sphere; attempts to impose a uniform pattern of culture; and the
breakdown of borders with former Communist countries. The contributors utilize
extensive field studies in both Western and Central Europe to understand the
meaning of professional uncertainty, as perceived by its victims, and the
strategies they develop to face it.
"This is a fascinating book. Its
comparative, historical, and, above all, ethnographic approach raises extremely
thorny conceptual questions and argues them out provocatively." — Gavin Smith,
author of Confronting the Present: Towards a Politically Engaged
"The book's impressive range of European case histories
along with their thematic interlocking will be of considerable interest to
anyone in the social sciences who includes Europe in their research field." —
Robert Paine, editor of Advocacy and Anthropology, First
Contributors include Michal Buchowski, Sophie Day,
Richard-Michael Diedrich, Birgit Muller, Susana Narotzky, Italo Pardo, Angela
Procoli, Regina Römhild, and Sandra Wallman.
Angela Procoli is
Researcher in Social Anthropology at Laboratoire d'Anthropologie Sociale,
Collège de France and the author of Anthropologie d'une Formation au
Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers.