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Workers and Narratives of Survival in Europe

The Management of Precariousness at the End of the Twentieth Century

Angela Procoli

State University of New York Press 2004 240 s. ISBN 0-7914-6085-1
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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 Anthropology

"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 Encounters

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.