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Student Lives in CrisisDeepening Inequality in Times of Austerity$
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Lorenza Antonucci

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781447318231

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447318231.001.0001

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The labour market contradiction: a precarious form of dependence

The labour market contradiction: a precarious form of dependence

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Student Lives in Crisis

Lorenza Antonucci

Policy Press

This chapter discusses the role of the labour market, the precarious and overqualified forms of participation in the labour market widely used by young people in university to support themselves, and the role of internships and summer jobs. This chapter engages with the most recent debates on the precariat, showing that the precarious forms of jobs are not just creating a new class, but are also intersecting with the existing forms of socio-economic inequalities. This chapter discusses the use of labour market resources by each profile, showing that while some young people can selectively pick qualified labour-market participation, others need to over-rely on labour-market participation to sustain their experience in university.

Keywords:   labour market, precariat, internships, young people, university

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