This special issue emerged out of a 1-day symposium held by the Department of Sociology at Macquarie University in Sydney in September 2012. The purpose of this special issue is to bring together various perspectives on precarious work and its social consequences. In their book, Social Causes of Psychological Distress, Mirowsky and Ross (2003) make a simple point about the positive consequences of stable employment relations for individuals. They state that ‘employment reduces distress. There is something about having a job … that is good for people’ and while ‘it’s good to have a job. It’s better to have a good job’ (p. 275). What the contributions in this symposium demonstrate from various perspectives is the fact that the general rise of precarious work has increased the vulnerabilities and levels of distress, not only for individuals, but for whole societies.
Shaun Wilson and Norbert Ebert
Precarious work: Economic, sociological and political perspectives
The Economic and Labour Relations Review September 2013 24: 263-278, doi:10.1177/1035304613500434