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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