Inequalities, precariousness and education: Schooling precarious workers

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    This chapter examines the precarious nature of education in a neoliberal economy. It argues that in an ‘age of insecurity’, education systems can often exacerbate social inequalities, with a tendency to mirror neoliberal labour markets and bow down to its needs and economic requirements. The chapter looks at the relationships between education, neoliberalism and the labour market, examining how schooling is shaped to fit the needs of a precariat labour market. It outlines the nature of the precariat, precarious work and the emerging ‘gig economy’, defined as ‘selling humans as service’, but also ignoring ‘traditional employment law protection’. After examining the problems with precariousness, the chapter looks at ways in which education may provide a route to escaping precariousness and the prospects for precarious workers from varied ages, gender and disabilities. One underlying theme and adverse side effect of the neoliberal model is that countries increase labour-market flexibility and from this results precariousness.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationUnderstanding Education and Economics
    Subtitle of host publicationKey Debates and Critical Perspectives
    EditorsJessie Bustillos Morales, Sandra Abbeglan
    Place of PublicationLondon
    Number of pages13
    ISBN (Electronic)9780429020933
    ISBN (Print)9780367074654
    Publication statusPublished - 6 Jun 2020


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