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Beyond the Wage: Ordinary Work in Diverse Economies

William Monteith, Dora-Olivia Vicol, and Philippa Williams


Recent developments in the organisation of work and production have facilitated the decline of wage employment in many regions of the world. However, the idea of the wage continues to dominate the political imaginations of governments, researchers and activists. This edited collection revitalises debates on the future of work by challenging the idea of wage employment as the global norm. Taking theoretical inspiration from the Global South, the authors compare lived experiences of 'ordinary work' across taken-for-granted conceptual and geographical boundaries. Their contributions open up new p ... More

Keywords: Work, Wage, Employment, Diverse economies, Global South, Ordinary work, Ethnography, Hustling, Informality, Precarity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9781529208931
Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2022 DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781529208931.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

William Monteith, editor
Queen Mary University of London

Dora-Olivia Vicol, editor
Work Rights Centre

Philippa Williams, editor
Queen Mary University of London

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Introduction: Work Beyond the Wage

William Monteith, Dora-Olivia Vicol and Philippa Williams

Part I Ruptures

Part II Resignations

Part III Struggles

Part IV Possibilities

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