The Hedgehog Review
According to scholarly estimates, one-fifth of today’s workforce belongs to the “precariat,” a growing and class-transcending assortment of part-time, short-term, contract workers, seasonal laborers, and other people who toil alone, take on gigs, or start businesses with little hope of longevity, steady incomes, or benefits. Examining the forces that gave rise to the precarious economy, we explore many of the cultural dimensions of the emerging workscape: How have people internalized their new “disruptable” condition? How has “precarity” affected the professions—and, more broadly, the very meaning of vocation? How is our understanding of work time and workplace changing?
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Andrew is a PhD student in the Sociology Department at the University of Virginia. His interests include sociology of religion, social change, and altruism. He is currently working on his master's thesis exploring the cultural and social contexts that influence commitment to civic engagement, religion, family, and work. Other interests include sociological theories of culture and cognition, sociological approaches to morality, and the cultural logic of individualism in American culture. Andrew graduated with honors from the University of Notre Dame with a BA in Political Science. Before his graduate studies, he worked in the nonprofit sector for...