Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Temporary laborers: Being a worker in late capitalism
by Kordosky, Jason E., M.A., Northern Arizona University, 2014, 119; 1571859
Abstract (Summary)

Over the past few decades US businesses have increasingly turned toward flexible employment relationships made up of temporary workers who do not receive the benefits and rights of standard full-time employment. Temporary labor agencies, which operate by leasing workers out to client businesses, form one component of this shift toward flexible labor and previous researchers have called for more study on this group of formalized employment. My research thesis explores the employment relationships between temporary labor agencies and temporary laborers in order to understand the ways in which this type of labor arrangement affects workers' lives. I performed my research in Flagstaff, Arizona and my study population is primarily comprised of temporary laborers. I conducted participant observation, questionnaires, interviews, time budgets, and archival research to perform my research. I interpret my data through a combination of political economy, performance theory, and anthropology of the body approaches. My findings reveal how people end up working temporary labor, the daily challenges they face, their strategies to increase their job security, and the effects temporary labor has on their lives and bodies.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Small, Cathy A.
Commitee: Fenigsen, Janina, Hardy, Lisa J.
School: Northern Arizona University
Department: Anthropology
School Location: United States -- Arizona
Source: MAI 54/02M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Cultural anthropology, Social research, Individual & family studies, Labor relations
Keywords: Embodiment, Flexible economy, Homeless, Neoliberalism, Performance, Temporary employment
Publication Number: 1571859
ISBN: 978-1-321-44901-3
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