Precarious Enterprise on the Margins

Work, Poverty, and Homelessness in the City

  • Jessica Gerrard

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
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  9. Back Matter
    Pages 207-214

About this book


This book explores the contemporary conditions of marginal work within the context of persistent unemployment, poverty, and homelessness in wealthy nations. Drawing from research concerning three cities—Melbourne, San Francisco, and London—Jessica Gerrard offers a rich account of one of the most precarious informal forms of work: selling homeless street press (The Big Issue and Street Sheet). Combining analyses of sellers’ everyday work experiences with theorizations of marginality, working, and learning, Gerrard provides much-needed insight into contemporary forms of entrepreneurial and precarious work. This book demonstrates that those who are unemployed and seemingly unproductive are, in fact, highly productive. They value, desire, and seek practical work experience whilst also struggling to fulfill the basic needs that many of us take for granted. 


adult development education learning lifelong learning poverty social science marginal work unemployment homelessness homeless street press precarious work informal work Street Sheet The Big Issue practical work experience entrepreneurship Enterprise on the Margins contemporary work

Authors and affiliations

  • Jessica Gerrard
    • 1
  1. 1.University of MelbourneMelbourne Graduate School of EducationMelbourneAustralia

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