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Nice Work If You Can Get ItLife and Labor in Precarious Times$
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Andrew Ross

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780814776292

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814776292.001.0001

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(p.1) Introduction
Nice Work If You Can Get It

Andrew Ross

NYU Press

This introductory chapter provides an overview of the emerging pattern of labor instability in the changing global marketplace. In the modern era, mass migration to cities and manufacturing zones was and still is a monumental geographical process, disrupting or reinventing ways of life and fabricating the vast new urban spaces where half of the world's populations currently secures a livelihood. Indeed, today's livelihoods are pursued on economic ground that shifts rapidly and not one, not even those in the traditional professions, can any longer expect a fixed pattern of employment in the course of their lifetime. Moreover, the last three decades of deregulation and privatization have reshaped the geography of livelihoods for almost everyone in the industrialized world, and for a large percentage of the population in developing countries.

Keywords:   labor instability, global marketplace, mass migration, today's livelihoods, employment pattern, livelihood geography

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