Precarization and Labor Resistance: Canada, the USA, India and China

Jenny Chan, Manjusha Nair, Chris Rhomberg

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Precarization, in its form and consequences, varies across workers, sectors and geographies. The five articles in this special issue examine ways that workers have struggled with and against precarious labor in different contexts, from low-wage retail and service workers in Canada and the USA, to manufacturing and construction workers in India and China. In particular, they show that the role of the state has been crucial in shaping the terrain of struggle at the workplace and in the wider community. They argue that against all odds protesting workers have repeatedly exercised some power to influence employer and government policies.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)469-483
Number of pages15
JournalCritical Sociology
Issue number4-5
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2019


  • community organizing
  • gender
  • law
  • migrant labor
  • precarization
  • the state
  • unionization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science


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