Coerced: Work Under Threat of Punishment

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Univ of California Press, Mar 24, 2020 - Social Science - 304 pages
What do prisoner laborers, graduate students, welfare workers, and college athletes have in common? According to sociologist Erin Hatton, they are all part of a growing workforce of coerced laborers.

Coerced explores this world of coerced labor through an unexpected and compelling comparison of these four groups of workers, for whom a different definition of "employment" reigns supreme—one where workplace protections do not apply and employers wield expansive punitive power, far beyond the ability to hire and fire. Because such arrangements are common across the economy, Hatton argues that coercion—as well as precarity—is a defining feature of work in America today.

Theoretically forceful yet vivid and gripping to read, Coerced compels the reader to reevaluate contemporary dynamics of work, pushing beyond concepts like "career" and "gig work." Through this bold analysis, Hatton offers a trenchant window into this world of work from the perspective of those who toil within it—and who are developing the tools needed to push back against it.
 

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Contents

Coerced Labor
31
Tables
86
Subjugation
100
Themes of Othering and Dehumanization
127
Agency and Resistance
139
Resistance Strategies in Coercive Labor Regimes
143
and CounterHegemony
171
Appendix A The Story of This Book
213
Quick Reference Guide
221
Descriptive Statistics
222
Quick Reference Guide
223
Descriptive Statistics
224
Quick Reference Guide
225
Descriptive Statistics
226
Notes
227
Selected Bibliography
273

Quick Reference Guide
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Descriptive Statistics
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About the author (2020)

Erin Hatton is Associate Professor of Sociology at the University at Buffalo. 
 

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