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Precarious work, women and the new economy; the challenge to legal norms.


Precarious work, women and the new economy; the challenge to legal norms.

Ed. by Judy Fudge and Rosemary Owens.

Hart Publishing


401 pages



Onati international series in law and society


Resulting from a June/July 2004 conference of the same name at the International Institute for the sociology of Law in Spain, this collection 15 papers put together by Fudge (Osgoode Hall Law School, York U., Canada) and Owens (law, U. of Adelaide, Australia) examines the extent to which the rise of precarious work--work that departs from the normative model of full-time and year-round employment for an indefinite duration with a single employer--is a gendered phenomenon and to explore whether the rise of precarious work challenges existing norms of employment and regimes of labor regulation. The volume takes a comparative approach and the majority of the papers are national case studies focusing on legal regulation of specific forms of precarious work or no how legal norms and institutions help generate precariousness for women workers. Most of the countries selected share a foundation in common law--Australia, Canada, the UK, and the US--but chapters discussing the Netherlands and Sweden allow for some broader comparative discussion. Additionally, three other chapters examine the influence of supranational institutions, norms, and discourses, looking at the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund, the European Union, and the International Labor Organization. Distributed in the US by ISBS.

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