The New Normal of Working Lives

Critical Studies in Contemporary Work and Employment

  • Stephanie Taylor
  • Susan Luckman

Part of the Dynamics of Virtual Work book series (DVW)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Stephanie Taylor, Susan Luckman
    Pages 1-15
  3. Creative Working

  4. Digital Working Lives

  5. Transitions and Transformations

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 347-356

About this book


This critical, international and interdisciplinary edited collection investigates the new normal of work and employment, presenting research on the experience of the workers themselves. The collection explores the formation of contemporary worker subjects, and the privilege or disadvantage in play around gender, class, age and national location within the global workforce.

Organised around the three areas of: creative working, digital working lives, and transitions and transformations, its fifteen chapters examine in detail the emerging norms of work and work activities in a range of occupations and locations. It also investigates the coping strategies adopted by workers to manage novel difficulties and life circumstances, and their understandings of the possibilities, trajectories, mobilities, identities and potential rewards of their work situations.

This book will appeal to a wide range of audiences, including students and academics of the sociology of work and labor history, and those interested in understanding the implications of the ‘new normal’ of work and employment.


Contemporary Work and Employment Post-Socialist Creative Workers Uncertainty in the Intern Economy Vlogging Careers Affectual Demands and the Creative Worker 'New Normal' of Work and Employment Self-Employment and Under-Employment

Editors and affiliations

  • Stephanie Taylor
    • 1
  • Susan Luckman
    • 2
  1. 1.School of Psychology, Faculty of Arts and Social SciencesThe Open UniversityMilton KeynesUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.Hawke EU Centre for Mobilities, Migrations and Cultural TransformationsUniversity of South AustraliaAdelaideAustralia

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