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BSA Regional Early Career Event
The Precariatisation of Women’s Lives
Friday 30th June 2017, 9.00-17.15
Sheffield Hallam University
Department of Psychology, Sociology and Politics and Sheffield Institute of Education

Confirmed Speakers:
Dr Amanda Arbouin (Nottingham Trent University), Professor Christina Beatty (Sheffield Hallam University), Dr Cinnamon Bennett (Sheffield Hallam University), Laura Bentley (University West of England), Vicky Blake (University & Colleges Union “Anti-casualisation committee”, University of Leeds), Professor Harriet Bradley (University West of England), Dr Jenni Brooks (Sheffield Hallam University), Dr Tamsin Bowers-Brown (Sheffield Hallam University), Dr Teresa Crew (Bangor University), Dr Penny Furness (Sheffield Hallam University), Dr Anna Hawkins (Sheffield Hallam University), Dr Kayleigh Garthwaite (Durham University), Dr Nicola Ingram (Lancaster University), Dr Jenny Thatcher, Dr Rachel Wood (Sheffield Hallam University)

The growth of the precariat and new systemic insecurities associated with it has become a central sociological concern over the last decade. Women are disproportionately represented amongst the most vulnerable and precarious groups in society, bearing the brunt of both a ‘regulated’ and unregulated, oppressive labour market characterised by gendered, classed and racialised segregation. Guy Standing (2014) has argued that global transformations have produced a new mass class structure – the precariat – who has distinctive relations of production which are characterised by chronic uncertainty and insecurity. The increase in casualisation has created new forms of exploitation both inside and outside of the workplace. It is also important to remember that many women’s precariousness not only affects themselves, but also their children and other dependants given that women are predominantly taking on careers’ responsibilities. This event will be focusing on the lives of women precariats through topics of; migration, welfare cuts and its impact on housing, employment and poverty, the increased use of food-banks, young people’s experiences of precarious work, mental health, employment and disability, education, and the rise of casualisation and zero-hour contracts amongst women workers in the higher education sector.

The event will generate discussion and debate into gendered precariousness. It will also open questions into how the category of the precariat offers a sense of a common identity in a post-modern era and what it means to be a woman precariat, a sociologist and one who is embedded within the UK’s higher education system.

Registration: BSA members £10, Non-BSA Members £25. To register please click here.

Lunch and refreshments are included.For more information on this event, please contact conference organiser: Jenny Thatcher.