The Post-Fordist Sexual Contract

Working and Living in Contingency

  • Lisa Adkins
  • Maryanne Dever

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Contingent Labour and the Rewriting of the Sexual Contract

  3. Work-Readiness, Employability and Excessive Attachments

  4. Rewriting the Domestic, New Forms of Work, and Asset-Based Futures

  5. Dispossession, Familism, and the Limits of Regulation

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 213-217

About this book


This collection analyzes shifting relationships between gender and labour in post-Fordist times. Contingency creates a sexual contract in which attachments to work, mothering, entrepreneurship and investor subjectivity are the new regulatory ideals for women over a range of working arrangements, and across classed and raced dimensions.


Post-Fordism neoliberalism labour domestic labour women's work affective work immaterial labour sexual contract gender work employment unemployment out-sourcing contingent labour capitalism sub-contracting entrepreneurship employability class debt Familie migrants transition women

Editors and affiliations

  • Lisa Adkins
    • 1
    • 2
  • Maryanne Dever
    • 3
  1. 1.University of NewcastleAustralia
  2. 2.University of Tampere and University of TurkuFinland
  3. 3.University of Technology SydneyAustralia

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2016
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-1-349-57759-0
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-49554-9
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