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Workplace Vagabonds

Career and community in changing worlds of work

Christina Garsten

Plagrave Macmillan 2008 196 s. 1403917582
Bogomtale fra forlaget.

This book explores the flexibilization of work and labour markets based on studies of the temporary staffing sector in Sweden, Great Britain, and the
US. It gives an inside view of what it means to be working as "a temp", and
of notions of career and community, time and space. Moreover, it shows how
the flexible worker is "made up" within the wider context of increasing
globalization of labour markets, and new ways of organizing and of
regulating work.

Contents Introduction: Changing Worlds of Work
In the Temping Zone: Towards a Flexible Workforce
'Jumping around' Locality and Translocality among Flexible Employees
'Just-in-Time' Transiency, Discontinuity, and Changing Notions of Time
Expectation and Evaluation: Making up the Workplace Vagabond
Risk and Reflexivity: Self-monitoring as Career Strategy
Contingent Communities: Episodic Relations
Concluding Discussion: Career and Community in Contingent Work Communities
Author BiographiesCHRISTINA GARSTEN is Associate Professor, Head of Department and Research Director at SCORE (Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research) at Stockholm University, Sweden