The precariousness of knowledge workers (Part 2): Forms and critiques of autonomy and self-representation

Lara Maestripieri, Annalisa Murgia, Emiliana Armano

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    Abstract

    This article introduces the second of a two-part Special Issue of this journal on the precariousness of knowledge workers. It aims to explore the ambivalences and liminal relations among autonomy, identification and task orientation, which - for knowledge workers - represent both a source of self-realisation and a generator of multiple and distinctive forms of precariousness. In particular, we focus on the forms and critiques of autonomy and self-representation that, in knowledge societies, extend far beyond the fact of being a self-employed worker. We argue that knowledge work is in fact sustained by devices of subjectivity which derive their power from being self-constructed and which provide tools for managing precarious lives.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1-9
    Number of pages9
    JournalWork Organisation, Labour and Globalisation
    Volume11
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2017

    Keywords

    • Precariousness
    • Self-employed knowledge workers
    • Employment relations
    • Working conditions
    • Autonomy in knowledge work

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