About this Research Topic
The proliferating of new and old risks for workers with non-standard forms of employment, including those in a hybrid position between autonomous and dependent work, poses relevant questions for those who are interested in labour market transformations: What are the relations between standard and non-standard and between non-standard and self-employment, and finally how all this relate to precariousness? How the new work arrangements differ across national contexts in terms of employment protection and workers’ rights? What are the main differences and similarities in terms of class, migrant status, gender and age? How are work identities constructed? Under what conditions are these workers able to develop forms of collective representation? How can the collective representation and practices of organizing be articulated, and how do they manage to be widespread and effective?
The goal of this Research Topic is to share innovative theoretical and methodological lenses able to define and examine the emerging work arrangements, and to understand to what extent they produce situations of precariousness.
Keywords: Non-standard employment, atypical forms of work, dependent and independent (solo) self-employment, hybrid areas of work, labor market (de-)regulation, social protection, workers’ rights, collective representation, identities, subjectivities, instability, precariousness, social exclusion/inclusion
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