Second ISA Forum of Sociology, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 1-4 August 2012

Research Committee on
Sociology of Work, RC30

  on-line programme

Programme Coordinators

Delphine MERCIER, Centro de Estudios Mexicanos y Centroamericanos, Mexico,
Emilie LANCIANO, University of Lyon, France,

RC30 Liaison in Argentina
Javier Hermo, Universidad de Buenos Aires,

Volunteer at the venue
Pablo Ortiz,


All Forum participants (presenters, chairs, discussants, etc.) need to pay the early registration fee by April 10, 2012, in order to be included in the programme. If not registered, their names will not appear in the Programme or Abstracts Book.


provisional as of March 15, 2012, in alphabetical order


Articulating work and family: Gender or professional group differences?/ Conciliar empleo y familia: ¿Unas diferencias de género, de grupo profesional o otras?


Conciliar empleo y familia: ¿Unas diferencias de género, de grupo profesional o otras?


Health and safety at work: Occupational hazards and technological risks/ Salud y seguridad en el trabajo: Riesgos laborales y tecnológicos


Innovative approaches to informal work

Joint session of RC30 Sociology of Work and RC44 Labor Movements [host committee]
Since the 1980s, informal or precarious work has been steadily increasing in both rich and poor countries. Much has been written about this trend. Some decry it as an affront to labor security, welfare and justice. Others celebrate it as an opportunity for unshackled economic growth and entrepreneurship. Deep questions remain, however, on how workers, states, capital, and international agencies are addressing the changes arising from this trend.

How are unprotected workers fighting to retain their basic welfare? How are states responding to the shifting demands of unregulated, informal workers? Are employers benefitting from the rise of precarious employment? How are international agencies redefining labor surveys to include and standardize the increasingly diverse forms of informal work at the global level?

This panel invites papers that shed light on the multitude of approaches workers, states, and employers have taken to address the challenges of increasing informal work. Papers may highlight national or intra-national cases. Papers covering cases in the global North and/or in the global South are welcome.


La crisis del trabajo y políticas de vida digna: Diagnósticos, reclamos y alternativas


Labor solidarity in the era of neo-liberal globalization

Over the past three decades, neo-liberal globalization has had tremendous effect on workers and organized labor on the globe. Neo-liberal globalization, equipped with ideological discourse of market dominance, has made workers` life unsecure and instable by leading the state to flexibilize labor markets and privatize public services. Moreover, it has fragmented social contract of workers and discursively individualized them, resulting in the stagnancy, or decline of labor movements in many countries.

In other words, neo-liberal globalization has had a destructive impact over labor solidarity at the level of workplace, community, and labor movements. This session aims to shed light on the cases of success and failure in rebuilding labor solidarity to cope with the challenges of neo-liberal globalization, shown by labor unions, community activism, and rank-and-files and their families. In this session, labor solidarity could be discussed theoretically and empirically under the new politico-economic settings of neo-liberal globalization.


Leisure, work, time-budgets and the economic crisis

Joint session of RC13 Sociology of Leisure [host committee] and RC30 Sociology of Work
In the post modern era where work patterns have changed from clock time to completion of job in one’s own time, leisure and work time budgets have undergone drastic transformations. What is the impact of these on social leisure? Does it mean each having a leisure of his own? Can there be synchronicity of leisure or does it lead to a form of virtual leisure? Questions such as these and how the changing and harder work schedules under the conditions of economic crisis are impacting the patterns of leisure will be the focus of this session in a comparative interdisciplinary and multicultural perspective.


New career theory and new realities of work in the Knowledge Economy/ Nuevas teories de la carerra y nuevas realidades de trabajo en la Economia del Conocimiento

Over the years, internal labour market organization has been questioned and new career theories such as the boundaryless careers, contingent work and others have been put forward as exemplary of the Knowledge Economy. While some theories consider there is a break here between the past and new view of careers, in terms of mobility, stability and career paths, others consider it is a continuity and that internal labour market or employment systems theories did make place for the secondary labour market and somewhat disorganized career paths. This session would like to analyze the evolution of careers and of career theory in the Knowledge Economy and calls for papers on specific occupational groups.


New work organization, new work division and new skills. Part I: Comparative analysis of the practices of work and management of employment


New work organization, new work division and new skills. Part II. Transnationalisation of work practices


Panel session. Democracy at work and social justice: an international perspective


Precarity and new forms of employment


RC30 Business Meeting


Work and immigration

Some recent studies (Ruhs and Anderson 2010, Morice and Potot 2010, Waldinger, Lim and Cort 2007) have pointed out the existence and the renewal process of the factors that make immigrant workforce well represented in the ‘dirty, dangerous and demanding’ jobs, which are today not always hard bur more and more precarious. A segmented labour market (Piore 1979) seems to coexist with a global or at least a transnational economic system where men, women and families have to move, to get around, to come back by crossing borders.

Researches on transnationalism (Waldinger and Fitzgerald 2004) and globalization processes (Sassen 2007) continue to increase, paying particularly attention to the place the immigrant workforce have within the contemporary changing patterns of labour markets : ethnic networks can play a paradoxical role, both by helping migrants to find a job and by strengthening their concentration in ethnic niches where the professional evolution and career of members are controlled and regulated by the belonging community (Portes and Sensenbrenner 1993, Waldinger and Lichter 2003).

But discrimination processes and inequalities mechanisms produced and/or maintained by public policies and gatekeepers (Reskin 2003, Tilly 1998) are also crucial to understand the everyday use of stereotypes that associate ethnic origin and the requested qualities for a job (Pager and Shepherd 2008). A gender perspective could be particularly pertinent to show some important transformations within the international labour division (Green 2002) and the selection mechanisms that contribute to reinforce a distinction between feminine and masculine jobs (Anderson 2007) within a global labour market.

What kind of policies are able to assure the durability of the immigrants segregation in some sectors and how ? What ethnic distinctions arise from recruitment practices ? Are these policies able to orient, limit, validate, or tolerate the use of ethnic categories within the selection and recruitment processes?

We propose widening the debate around the concentration of immigrant men and women in different sectors, labour markets, countries and infra-national territories. Comparisons between sectors and countries/territories are particularly welcome.




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