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Labour Law in an Era of GlobalizationTransformative Practices and Possibilities$
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Joanne Conaghan, Richard Michael Fischl, and Karl Klare

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780199271818

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199271818.001.0001

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Feminization and Contingency: Regulating the Stakes of Work for Women

Feminization and Contingency: Regulating the Stakes of Work for Women

(p.116) (p.117) 6 Feminization and Contingency: Regulating the Stakes of Work for Women
Labour Law in an Era of Globalization

Kerry Rittich

Oxford University Press

This chapter explores the connection between the steep rise in the participation of women in paid work and the emergence of an economy in which temporary, self-employed, and other forms of ‘contingent’ work play an increasingly important role. It argues that these developments not only cast further doubt on the validity and coherence of the distinction between ‘market’ and ‘non-market’ work, but also belie the emerging conventional wisdom that workers can safely jettison traditional strategies of labour market regulation and collective action, and rely instead on individual human capital in bout after bout with the invisible hand.

Keywords:   contingent work, women's work, collective action, human capital, maternal role

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