Normalizing and Resisting the New Precarity: A Case Study of the Indonesian Gig Economy

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Abstract

The article examines the effects of the normalization of a new form of precarious work—tied to the gig economy and shaped by the imperatives of neoliberalism—in impeding the formation of solidarity that would enable workers to challenge structural issues that shape their precarity, although without entirely preventing collective organization. While the article focuses on the manifestation of the new precarity and workers’ responses in the app-based transport service in Indonesia, it seeks insights from the different experiences of other countries. It is argued here that the historical absence of the Standard Employment Relationship (SER), and the historically rooted ineffectiveness of labor and broader society movements aggravate problems in translating the precarity discourse into the organizational struggles of contemporary labor.

Original languageEnglish
JournalCritical Sociology
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 8 Apr 2022

Keywords

  • entrepreneurial identity
  • gig economy
  • Indonesia
  • neoliberalism
  • precarious work

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