XVII ISA World Congress of Sociology, Sociology on the move, Gothenburg, Sweden, July 2010

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Research Committee on
Sociology of Work RC30

Programme Coordinators
Diane Gabrielle Tremblay, Université du Québec à Montréal, Canada, tremblay.diane-gabrielle@teluq.uqam.ca
Mariana Busso, LEST, France, mariana.busso@univmed.fr

Congress Programme


Transformations of work after a financial and economic crisis

The world of work is being greatly transformed in the aftermath of the financial and economic crisis. There are many job losses, more precarious jobs, more social exclusion. Also, firms are transforming work organization, with new forms of work appearing, whether it is more precarious, nomadic or boundaryless careers, telework or work from home, self-employment. Also, there is continuing blurring of boundaries between work and personal or family life with information technologies facilitating work “here, there and everywhere”, not to say anytime. Also the territorial dimension of work is evolving as more and more firms are bound into a network of relations, from the local level to the international level, often in industrial clusters.

All these realities have evolved over recent years, and particularly in the aftermath of the financial and economic crisis.  The RC 30 sessions in Goteborg would like to bring together research on these issues as they present themselves in different countries and regions and look at their impacts on work organization, working times and work contents.

Amongst the sectors where important transformations are being seen are the service sectors, many of which have become part of a global value chain, as is the case in the banking, finance, consulting, software, apparel and tourism industries in particular. In many of these sectors, job losses and precarization have been observed. In many countries, industries are very footloose and have moved to other countries, transforming the job content in both zones, as is often the case in the apparel industry for example. Those are only a few examples of cases of interest, and all regions may have different views on the same processes related to globalization, value chains, delocalization, precarization, job losses, unemployment and the like.

We would also particularly like to address the transformations that are observed to address the economic crisis and the way in which they impact on employment and work for different groups: migrant workers, women, young workers, aging workers, etc. and in different countries. Are some of these categories selected for specific forms of work? Are some excluded and is marginalization and precarization of some categories increasing in some countries or regions ? What are the impacts on the local and regional territories?