Crisis, austerity and the normalisation of precarity in Spain - in academia and beyond

Schwaller, Corinne (2019). Crisis, austerity and the normalisation of precarity in Spain - in academia and beyond. Social Anthropology, 27(S2), pp. 33-47. Wiley 10.1111/1469-8676.12691

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Austerity politics and labour reforms in Spain have intensified the precaritization of employment, both inside and outside academia. Drawing on the cases of two highly educated young women, this paper suggests an analysis of academic precarity that focuses on the intertwining of the academic and the non‐academic world of work in (re)producing precarity. In Spain, a less precarious alternative to precarity in academia is often non‐existent, putting young academics in a situation of blackmail to accept precarious conditions. Consequently, precarity is increasingly normalised. Yet, the process of the normalisation of precarity is understood not only as the growth of precarious jobs and the lack of alternatives, but, more fundamentally, as a shift in the perception of what can be legitimately claimed or expected within employment relations more generally.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

06 Faculty of Humanities > Department of Art and Cultural Studies > Institute of Social Anthropology

UniBE Contributor:

Schwaller, Corinne Nicole

Subjects:

300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology

ISSN:

1469-8676

Publisher:

Wiley

Funders:

[4] Swiss National Science Foundation

Language:

English

Submitter:

Corinne Nicole Schwaller

Date Deposited:

20 Feb 2020 10:30

Last Modified:

20 Feb 2020 10:30

Publisher DOI:

10.1111/1469-8676.12691

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.138515

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/138515

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