The Construction Precariat: Dependence, Domination and Labour in Dhaka (Paperback)

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Positioned within the discourse of neoliberalism and precarious work, this book draws on Guy Standing's notion of "the precariat" in an examination of the role of recruiting individuals as the key actors in labour recruitment and management practices that produce precarious work conditions. Based on extensive empirical work on migrant construction workers and their recruiters in Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh and one of the fastest-growing cities in the world, it explores the ways in which exploitative employment relationships contribute to various pressures and insecurities amongst migrant workers and limit the scope for labour protection. Offering new insights into the field of labour migration by unpacking the interconnections between rural-urban labour migration, recruitment and precarious employment, The Construction Precariat conceptualises the domination of recruiters as producing "hyper-individualised employment", and sheds light on the manner in which this relationship of domination and dependence contributes heavily both to the conditions of precariousness and to the control and exploitation of migrant workers.

About the Author

Selim Reza is Assistant Professor of Development Studies at the Asian University for Women, Bangladesh. His key research interests span labour migration and employment relationship issues that are theoretically founded in the political economy of migrant labour and contingent employment practices.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780367529031
ISBN-10: 0367529033
Publisher: Routledge
Publication Date: April 29th, 2022
Pages: 210
Language: English
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