The pliable worker: how continuous adaptation is the new normal. On Socialevraagstukken.nl. You can find it in Dutch here. Advertisements
Tania Huijben and I wrote a piece for Socialevraagstukken.nl about Marianne Cooper’s excellent book ‘Cut adrift: Families in insecure times’. The new insecurity asks for new politics. In the contemporary economy, many welfare states are dismantled without any alternatives in place. Cooper studies how families fall apart or cope in ever more individualized ways.
When do you feel comfortable in your work clothes? Can you wear jeans at work? And if so: do you wear different jeans for different occasions? And for different postures and movements? It turns out that many of our respondents do. Laura Vonk and I are analyzing our interview data from the Dress Work project (Laura, … More On Lycra, waistbands and producing comfort in work
This is (part of) the abstract for a presentation in a workshop in Dublin (April 11/12 2018) that is to address the ‘new normal’ in work and also the creative industries. The workshop is organised by Professor Susan Luckman and Professor Stephanie Taylor. In preparing this presentation I got to think about the link between … More Aesthetic pedagogies in the post-fordist precarious urban – Dublin April 2018
As one of my first jobs, I became a nurse’s assistant in a Rotterdam institution for elderly care. I was a student at the time (the early 2000s) and this was a perfect job for me: I could work evenings, weekends and holidays, I earned more than in most student jobs and I loved the … More Nurses’ work and what we wore
The security of the European welfare state was in part made possible by shifting the insecurities and risks that come with capitalist production elsewhere . In this new column for Sociale Vraagstukken, I ask questions about the often supposed newness of ‘the precariat’ or ‘precarisation’ and relate the precariousness of workers in the contemporary EU … More What is new about precarisation? Or rather: for whom is it new?
Recently the Dutch police announced to want to ‘undress’ ‘young men’ in urban areas. The proposal is for the police to be able to forfeit expensive items of clothing if the person wearing it is unable to account for how he or she obtained the item. There are many possible objections to the hubris of … More What do police officers see when they see expensive parkas?
I published an essay with Christina Marigliano (in Dutch) about young women in the Amsterdam creative industries here on sociale vraagstukken. For her MA thesis (on which we draw in our essay) Christina interviewed young women in precarious positions in the culture and creative industries about their work, how they make ends meet and experiences … More Young women in the Amsterdam creative industries
A young white man we interviewed about his work admitted to never looking in a mirror. Sometimes, he said, he even forgot he had a face. Forgetting you have a face. What a privilege. When people look in mirrors they try to imagine the view others may have of them. As Sophie Woodward argued extensively … More Man in the mirror
Fifteen silk white shirts and black trousers: those were all that art director Mathilda Kahl needed to stop stressing about what to wear in the morning. Kahl opted for a uniform after years of morning dress struggles in preparation of her work for Saatchi & Saatchi. While the dress code in her Manhattan office was … More The return of the uniform