This is the home of labouring futures.  ‘…sociological analyses of the future, of the new and of change must…be entangled in the actualisation of time in practice…’ Lisa Adkins, Sociological Futures: From Clock Time to Event Time (2009).

ABC Radio: Rear Vision – History of Australian Industrial Relations

The Productivity Commission, the Australian federal government’s advisory body, is currently carrying out a comprehensive review of Australia’s workplace law. The working arrangements Australians used to encompass everything from wages to tea breaks. As Keri Phillips reports, the system is uniquely Australian. Listen to ABC Radio’s Rear Vision: ‘Bosses and Workers in Australia’ Broadcast April 2015.

Not just here for the money

Short Cuts by Paul Myerscough in the London Review of Books tackles Pret a Manger’s recent sacking of a worker at a London outlet. Was it for being insulting or for forming a union? “Work increasingly isn’t, or isn’t only, a matter of producing things, but of supplying your energies, physical and emotional, in the service of […]

Zero Hours Contracts in Four Charts

The Guadian datablog has broken down UK zero hours contracts into four charts: age, gender, education and length of time in job.  The blog notes: ‘The figures, published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), are an estimate of people who are employed on zero hours contracts in their main employment, and come from the Labour Force […]

“Do feminist accounts of austerity, women and inequality need to be rethought?”

Originally posted on feminist review:
In our latest special issue on ‘the politics of austerity’, Lisa Adkins asks “What can money do?“. In light of the financialisation of the economy, what does it mean for feminists to put their faith in the redistribution of resources (such as money) to deliver justice? Read on for a…

Intern Aware fights for paid internships

​i-D magazine interviews campaigner and co-founder of Intern Aware Ben Lyons on the subject of paying interns a minimum wage. Lyons outlines how unpaid internships exclude those who can’t afford to work for free. He also notes that ‘research shows that paid internships are more likely to be high quality internships and are more likely […]

Department store uses volunteers to help out during sale

Finnish department store Stockmann has been criticised by the Service Union United (PAM) on its plans to use volunteers to help out in its Tampere store during its bi-annual Crazy Days sales in late March. News outlet YLE reported that “Stockmann responded by saying that the volunteers only provide help with some tasks, like unpacking boxes – and do not […]

Zero Hours Contracts Up

An article in  The Guardian reveals that nearly 700,000 people in the UK are on zero-hours contracts in their main job – a rise of more than 100,000 on a year ago – according to new official figures. “The Office of National Statistics said the 28% increase was not so much the result of a surge […]

Speculative Futures in the Time of Debt

Lisa Adkins presented a keynote address for the 2015 conference of the Westermarck Society  – the Finnish Sociological Association at the University of Helsinki, 5-6 March 2015. Her keynote was on Speculative Futures in the Time of Debt.         Download the Westermarck Society Conference Poster

‘Housework, Wages and Money': Routledge Social Sciences Most Downloaded 2014

Lisa Adkins and Maryanne Dever, ‘Housework, Wages and Money: The Category of the Female Principal Breadwinner in Financial Capitalism’, published in Australian Feminist Studies, features in the most downloaded articles published in Routledge Social Sciences journals in 2014. The collection features the top three most downloaded articles that were published and downloaded in 2014 in each Routledge […]

PhD scholarship on unemployment activation

Employment Activation in Australia: PhD Scholarship at the University of Newcastle Closing date: 6 February 2015 (however, early submission is encouraged). Background: This PhD project will contribute to a 2015-2017 Australian Research Council Discovery Project entitled ‘Employment Activation: The Changing Economy-Society Relation’. This Project investigates policy schemes and programmes operating in Australia that seek by […]


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