The Construction Precariat: Dependence, Domination and Labour in Dhaka

1st Edition

Selim Reza

July 29, 2020 Forthcoming
Reference - 224 Pages - 37 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9780367355524 - CAT# K441746
Series: Routledge Studies in the Sociology of Work, Professions and Organisations

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Positioned within the discourse of neoliberalism and precarious work, this book draws on Standing’s notion of ‘the precariat’ in an examination of the role of individual recruiters as the key actors in labour recruitment and management practices that produce precarious work conditions. Based on extensive empirical work on migrant construction workers and their recruiters in Dhaka, it explores the ways in which exploitative employment relationships contribute to various pressures and insecurities amongst migrant workers and limit scope for labour protection. Offering new insights to the fields of labour migration by unpacking the interconnections between rural-urban labour migration, recruitment and precarious employment, The Construction Precariat conceptualises the dominance of recruiters as producing ‘hyper-individualised employment’, and sheds light on the manner in which this relationship of dominance and dependence contributes heavily both to conditions of precariousness and to the control and exploitation of migrant workers.

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