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Facing Labour Market Insecurity


Labour market insecurity becomes a problem for an increasing number of workers in large metropolitan markets especially when unemployment expands during economic crises. Instead of scrutinising types and levels of insecurity, the paper will concentrate on identifying the ways in which recurrent unemployment periods have been experienced by workers, paying special attention to differences underlying perceptions and interpretations of insecurity. Empirical evidence comes from a comparative research project conducted in São Paulo, Paris and Tokyo between 2000 and 2010 using a comparative approach. Although different in terms of their welfare regimes, in the period analysed the three metropolises experienced rising unemployment and significant changes in their employment systems. A quanti-quali combination of research strategies allowed the analysis of labour market trajectories by means of three representative surveys and enabled researchers to go deeper into subjective experiences and interpretations using biographical interviews. The article aims to highlight the relevance of subjective and relational dimensions in the understanding of the growing insecurity in labour markets’ recent dynamics.



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hal-01524040 , version 1 (17-05-2017)



Nadya Guimarães Araujo, Didier Demazière, Helena Hirata, Kurumi Sugita. Facing Labour Market Insecurity: Structural Constraints and Individual Interpretations - São Paulo, Paris and Tokyo. Journal für Entwicklungspolitik, 2014, 30 (4), pp.155 - 178. ⟨10.20446/JEP-2414-3197-30-4-155⟩. ⟨hal-01524040⟩
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