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Degraded Work: The Struggle at the Bottom of the Labor Market

Marc Doussard


Degraded Work provides a new perspective on employment inequality and low-wage work. Jobs are not intrinsically good or bad: They are made better, or worse, by the actions of employers, employees and regulators. The book advances four key, and novel, arguments to this end. First, it argues that focusing on wages, and on the issue of income inequality, understates the extent of workplace inequalities that spread deep into working conditions and job security. Second, it illustrates these inequalities through case studies of employment change in two industries in which poor job quality is assumed ... More

Keywords: Low-wage work, income inequality, immigration, economic restructuring, globalization, labor, informal economy, service industries, community organizing, global cities

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780816681396
Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015 DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816681396.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Marc Doussard, author