The Post-Fordist Sexual Contract
*Featured in the Times Higher Education ‘Books of the Year 2016’.
Now available from Palgrave Macmillan, The Post-Fordist Sexual Contact: Working and Living in Contingency identifies how the contingent contracting of post-Fordism is shaping new regulatory ideals for women including excessive attachments to work, intensive mothering, entrepreneurship and an investor subjectivity. Lisa Adkins, Maryanne Dever and their fellow authors map these often unattainable ideals as they operate across a range of working and living arrangements and in their classed and raced dimensions.
Contributors examine how these ideals unfold and take shape in the demands of employability and work readiness, in the sub-contracting and outsourcing of labour, in the demands of affective labour, in the contours of home-based work and in the indebtedness that contingent working so often demands.
The collection elaborates how the contingent contracting of post-Fordism is not only setting the terms of a new labor settlement but also rewriting the terms of the sexual contract.