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positions (2015) 23 (3): 463–486.
Published: 01 August 2015
...Michael Fisch This article explores the discourses and realities surrounding life and labor in contemporary Japan through a keitai (smartphone) game entitled Days of Love and Labor (Ai to rōdō no hibi). While promising players a simulated employment experience in order to reflect on the possibility...
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positions (2016) 24 (1): 155–177.
Published: 01 February 2016
... representatives in an outlet of a major global retailer. The author asks, how are the new “body rules” generated by the beauty economy used to organize and discipline labor in the workplace? Body rules are norms for the public presentation of different types of bodies. Retail cosmetics employers recruit bodies...
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positions (2023) 31 (1): 41–66.
Published: 01 February 2023
... gives rise to certain fears. Intimate labor evokes unexpected feelings, and anxieties about the boundaries of class, nation, gender. In tabloid articles, message boards, and everyday conversation, employers discuss the problem of witchcraft practiced by FDWs—stories such as the incorporation of bodily...
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positions (2015) 23 (3): 545–564.
Published: 01 August 2015
... in the 1970s and 1980s Japan's labor market was characterized by life-time employment and generous benefits—producing the seemingly ubiquitous subjectivity of the “salaryman”—today the sociology of labor in Japan seems to be overwhelmed by the precarious labor subjectivities of the freeters and NEETS...
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positions (2014) 22 (3): 661–689.
Published: 01 August 2014
... the development of infrastructure and of transport, which they regard as a step toward improving living conditions and employment opportunities. Through their participation in (and rejection of) building practices, and their calls on the local state to offer better compensation, villagers are also reconfiguring...
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positions (2015) 23 (3): 515–543.
Published: 01 August 2015
.... I contend that selling remaining life time should not be ignored as ephemeral “fast-food” popular culture or assumed to be an escapist tactic of the youth. Instead, it is a creative experiment that young urban Chinese adopt to confront their present realities: precarious employment conditions...
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positions (2015) 23 (3): 565–593.
Published: 01 August 2015
... strategies to enhance one's future employability and socioeconomic advancement. They constitute a critical evaluative terrain in which Korean youth assess and reassess their mobility strategies, life trajectories, and identities in the context of Korea's seemingly relentless pursuit of individual...
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positions (2009) 17 (3): 617–642.
Published: 01 August 2009
...., “Sichuan baomu are more competent than Anhui baomu ,” or “local baomu (in Shanghai) are more reliable than waidi baomu ” (maids from outside the city). By engaging with critiques of an array of suzhi discourses made by the state, media, and domestic service industry—including both employers of baomu...
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positions (2018) 26 (2): 305–341.
Published: 01 May 2018
... of factories of multinational corporations as employers and their roles in mediating workers’ health. References ADL (Arthur D. Little) . 1989 . Oversight of Environmental Investigations at Taoyuan and Chu Pei, Taiwan, Summary Report for Thomson Consumer Electronics, Inc. (Reference 64152...
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positions (2015) 23 (3): 381–409.
Published: 01 August 2015
... recession.14 The institutions that safeguarded the high-­speed economic growth (high growth) period — the developmental state, large corporations (keiretsu),15 and the system of lifetime employment — started to crumble. The government was under...
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positions (2016) 24 (1): 253–279.
Published: 01 February 2016
... and care recipients pose challenges to the performance of affective labor, which requires physical proximity and the production of affect.1 Many employers prefer to hire migrant workers for the benefits of status hierarchy and labor subordination...
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positions (1997) 5 (1): 171–219.
Published: 01 February 1997
... cases in Kangwh, Ch’ungch’hg, and P’yGng’an Provinces, where a system of dual licenses permitted geisha to engage in side-employment as prostitutes, and geisha and sha&tfu sometimes acted as prostitutes despite the lack of a licensed...
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positions (2015) 23 (3): 411–435.
Published: 01 August 2015
... electronics manufacturing industry.10 Foxconn is not only China’s largest private employer, but, since 2003, it is also China’s largest exporter.11 Like other manufacturing industries that contributed to China’s transformation into the world’s...
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positions (2016) 24 (1): 45–69.
Published: 01 February 2016
... as a domestic worker when she was in her twenties. In Hong Kong she worked for three different Chinese employers, paid back her recruitment debts, and regularly sent remittances to her mother, who took care of her two children in Java. While working...
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positions (2017) 25 (4): 745–767.
Published: 01 November 2017
... , no. 12 : 2167 – 95 . Kalleberg Arne . 2011 . Good Jobs, Bad Jobs: The Rise of Polarized and Precarious Employment Systems in the United States . New York : Russell Sage Foundation . Kalleberg Arne Hewison Kevin . 2013 . “Precarious Work and the Challenge for Asia...
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positions (2022) 30 (2): 377–407.
Published: 01 May 2022
... restructured its economic systems, outsourcing factory production to the Global South and replacing lifetime employment with part-time, contractual, precarious labor (Song 2009 ). Youth, particularly from provincial and rural cities, bore the brunt of these changes, facing the highest rates of unemployment...
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positions (2023) 31 (1): 1–7.
Published: 01 February 2023
... of their employers, the largely Indonesian and Muslim domestic workers carry out criminal violence and witchcraft in the employers’ homes. As fractal logics disturb earlier ways of explaining female labor/marriage migration, focus on intimacy and physical contact leads into a scary world, revolting and fearful...
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positions (2006) 14 (1): 37–66.
Published: 01 February 2006
... defined as male breadwinners with employability and rehabilitating capacity. I argue that diverse social actors, including journalists, civic leaders, and government managers, enunciated logics of neoliberal human values; when social...
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positions (1997) 5 (2): 501–522.
Published: 01 May 1997
..., the Caribbean, and Central and South America) was des- ignated “exempt” from numerical limitations in immigration.18 The exempt status of Mexico in particular was deeply intertwined with employer inter- ests. From late-nineteenth-century...
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positions (2014) 22 (1): 41–69.
Published: 01 February 2014
... without regu- lar employment.2 Recent years have evinced a greater variation among par- ticipants, who also include older workers, day laborers, the homeless, self-­ proclaimed NEET (Not in Employment, Education, or Training), and even...