Introduction: The Precarity Debate
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This chapter introduces debates on precarity and insecurity. It argues that there is a mass of literature suggesting a shift towards more contingent forms of employment. It suggests that these discussions often fail to draw on the empirical data. The chapter then briefly outlines some key terms and concepts including: precarity, insecurity, contingency and neoliberalism. It offers a preliminary sketch of employment in the UK, where claims of growing precarity and insecurity are to be tested. Finally, it sets out the plan for the book as a whole.
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