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The Fight For TimeMigrant Day Laborers and the Politics of Precarity$
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Paul Apostolidis

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780190459338

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190459338.001.0001

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Organizing the Fight against Precarity

Organizing the Fight against Precarity

(p.231) 6 Organizing the Fight against Precarity
The Fight For Time

Paul Apostolidis

Oxford University Press

How have day labor organizations responded to predicaments of precarity highlighted by workers’ generative themes, and what prospects for a broader antiprecarity movement of working people do these responses suggest? Day labor groups’ direct action and policy advocacy against deportation challenge exceptionally precaritizing forces aimed at migrants that are associated with desperate responsibility, dangerous work, and job-seeking on the corner. Furthermore, by connecting worker centers with corners and sponsoring ecologically oriented demonstrations of unauthorized local citizenship, day labor organizations contest neoliberal mobility-governance and recompose urban time-spaces as domains of cosmopolitan solidarity. Critical-popular analysis of workers’ themes also yields a composite conception of antiprecarity politics that emphasizes the fight for time, the struggle for the city, and the refusal of work. Demanding worker centers for all working people would invigorate such politics by proliferating experiences of conscientizaçao and opportunities for critical-popular inquiry, in ways complementing the demand for a basic income.

Keywords:   antiprecarity movement, advocacy, deportation, citizenship, cosmopolitan, solidarity

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