Show simple item record

dc.contributor.authorOrleans Reed, Sarah
dc.identifier.citationOrleans Reed, S. (2022) 'Essential and Disposable? Or Just Disposable? Informal Workers During COVID-19, in L. Alfers; M. Chen and S. Plagerson (eds), Social Contracts and Informal Workers in the Global South, Edward Elgaren
dc.description.abstractDuring the COVID-19 crisis, the phrase “essential but disposable” became a rallying critique in global North countries against an economic system that demanded worker sacrifice without commensurate safety protections, wages, or access to health care. The slogan underlines that those workers considered “essential” are often employed under the lowest paid, riskiest, and most pre- carious forms of wage work (Rose 2020). But rather than granting enhanced privileges to such workers, it has been argued that the label “essential” acts as a “controlling mechanism used by employers to maximize labor” (Pandey et al. 2021: 3), among workers whose economic position makes it difficult for them to refuse this work (Lakeoff 2020).en
dc.publisherEdward Elgar Publishing Ltd.en
dc.subjectWork and Labouren
dc.titleEssential and Disposable? Or Just Disposable? Informal Workers During COVID-19en
dc.typeBook chapteren
dc.rights.holder© The Editors and Contributors severally 2022en
rioxxterms.funderDefault funderen

Files in this item


This item appears in the following Collection(s)

Show simple item record
Except where otherwise noted, this item's license is described as