Marginal work in the REPS

Conference proceedings from the last edition 2018 of REPS (Red Espanola de Politicas Sociales) are now available online, including a contribution on marginal work in Southern Europe with A. Firinu. The chapter is entitled From dualization to continuum. Exploring dimensions of Outsiderness in Southern Europe

In this chapter, we explore involuntary non-standard work across a selection of six countries geographically located in the South of Europe (Italy, Spain, Greece, Austria, France and Croatia) but not all belonging to the so-called Southern European model. Our analysis shows the growth of involuntariness and of work at risk of abuse along in the crisis, especially in France, Spain and Italy.

Read it at pag. 1257.

New Publication on Marginal Work

I am so happy to announce that a short chapter about marginal work in Italy written with Antonio Firinu has been published in a recent book from Fondazione Giangiacomo Feltrinelli that explores the relationship between work and social vulnerability. The book is entitled “Porte Girevoli. Contributi di ricerca e buone pratiche sul lavoro marginale e le nuove vulnerabilit√† sociali” and it is freely accessible on the FGGF website.

The chapter (in Italian) gives a theoretical introduction to the concept of marginal work, then showing the growth of marginal work in correspondence with the crisis and concentrated among young adult (25-36).

CfP “Professions Within and Professions Between”

With my colleagues and friends Andrea Bellini and Karolina Parding, we have launched a call for papers for the next ISA Rc52 Interim Meeting, to be held in Florence July 4th-6th, 2019.

Session S1 is entitled “Varieties of Professionalism. Exploring heterogeneity within and between professions”. The session aims at gathering theoretical and empirical papers that explore heterogeneity, differentiation and change within and between professions, among traditional and emerging professions, in comparative studies, either between professions within the same national context or within the same professional group between countries.
We also warmly invite contributions that explore professionalism and its national/local/contextual peculiarities in Southern and Eastern Europe as well as in Asia, Africa and Latin America.

Submit your abstract (250 words) to rc52florence2019@gmail.com, indicating Session S1, the title of your paper, name and contact details. Deadline for submitting your proposal: March 31st, 2019.

About Welfare and Prosumerism

It is with great pleasure that I announce the publication of the special issue entitled “Pro-sumers on the move: overcoming the line between labour and consumption”, co-edited with my colleagues and friends Davide Arcidiacono, Allison Loconto and Antonello Podda. The issue has been published in Sociologia del Lavoro (4/2018), which is the main Italian journal that publish articles on sociology of work.

The front of our special issue.

The special issue offers a wide range of articles from Italian and International scholars that aims at investigating the heuristic capacity of the concept of prosumerism in the analysis of labour, consumption and social protection. In particular, in the introduction I discuss the term in the domain of welfare studies, linking it in particular with studies on social innovation.

The introduction entitled “Introducing the wave of the prosumers in the age of labour market shattering” is available on the Sociologia del Lavoro website.

AFNs and their impact on suppliers’ marginalization

I am delighted to announce my new article on social innovation in agricolture and food, written with Antonello Podda and Toa Giroletti entitled “Solidarity Purchasing Groups in Italy : a critical assessment of their effects on the marginalization of their suppliers“. The article has been published in the International Journal of Sociology of Agriculture and Food, in a special issue coordinated by Allison Loconto and Yuna Chiffoleau entitled “SOCIAL INNOVATION IN AGRICULTURE AND FOOD: OLD WINE IN NEW BOTTLES?“. (more…)