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Precarious Work, Women, and the New Economy

The Challenge to Legal Norms

Editor(s): Judy Fudge, Rosemary Owens
Media of Precarious Work, Women, and the New Economy
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Published: 26-04-2006
Format: Paperback
Edition: 1st
Extent: 432
ISBN: 9781841136165
Imprint: Hart Publishing
Series: Oñati International Series in Law and Society
Dimensions: 234 x 156 mm
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Loren Epson

About Precarious Work, Women, and the New Economy

Globalisation, the shift from manufacturing to services as a source of employment, and the spread of information-based systems and technologies have given birth to a new economy, which emphasises flexibility in the labour market and in employment relations. These changes have led to the erosion of the standard (industrial) employment relationship and an increase in precarious work - work which is poorly paid and insecure. Women perform a disproportionate amount of precarious work. This collection of original essays by leading scholars on labour law and women's work explores the relationship between precarious work and gender, and evaluates the extent to which the growth and spread of precarious work challenges traditional norms of labour law and conventional forms of legal regulation.The book provides a comparative perspective by furnishing case studies from Australia, Canada, the Netherlands, Quebec, Sweden, the UK, and the US, as well as the international and supranational context through essays that focus on the IMF, the ILO, and the EU. Common themes and concepts thread throughout the essays, which grapple with the legal and public policy challenges posed by women's precarious work.

Table Of Contents

Part I Introduction

1. Precarious Work, Women, and the New Economy: The Challenge to Legal Norms
JUDY FUDGE AND ROSEMARY OWENS

Part II Supranational Norms and Discourses about Precarious Work

2. Rights, Risk, and Reward: Governance Norms in the International Order and the Problem of Precarious Work
KERRY RITTICH

3.Gender, Precarious Work, and the International Labour Code: The Ghost in the ILO Closet
LEAH F VOSKO

4. Promoting Precariousness? The Response of EU Employment Policies to Precarious Work
DIAMOND ASHIAGBOR

Part III Working Time and Precarious Work

5. Time to Dream? Flexibility, Families, and the Regulation of Working Time
JOANNE CONAGHAN

6. The Need for a Reduced Work Week in the United States
VICKI SCHULTZ AND ALLISON HOFFMAN

7. Gender and the Legal Regulation of Employment Breaks
CLAIRE KILPATRICK

Part IV A Matter of Status? Protecting Precarious Workers

8.Precarious Norms for Precarious Workers
SANDRA FREDMAN

9. Self-employment, Women, and Precarious Work: The Scope of Labour Protection
JUDY FUDGE

10. The Regulation of Paid Care Work in the Home in Quebec: From the Hearth to the Global Marketplace
STÉPHANIE BERNSTEIN

Part V Old Laws/New Workers

11. The New Face of Employment Discrimination
KATHERINE VW STONE

12. On the Gendered Norm of Standard Employment in a Changing Labour Market
JENNY JULÉN VOTINIUS

13. The Legal Production of Precarious Work
ROSEMARY HUNTER

Part VI The Challenge of Flexibility

14. Flexibility and Security, Working Time, and Work–Family Policies
SUSANNE D BURRI

15. Engendering Flexibility in a World of Precarious Work
ROSEMARY OWENS

Reviews

“…an informative and thought-provoking collection of papers...This volume makes a valuable contribution to the feminist literature. By placing laws and policies in their social contexts, it provides a comparative analysis of the challenges precarious employment growth and feminization of labour present to labour law...The book will be of interest to a broad international audience of economists, sociologists, and industrial relations and human resource management specialists, as well as legal scholars...I would strongly recommend this book to any Feminist Economics reader who is interested in flexibility, workplace changes, and gender and precarious work issues.” –  Isik Urla Zeytinoglu, Feminist Economics 14 (3), July 2008

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