On Lycra, waistbands and producing comfort in work

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

Aesthetic pedagogies in the post-fordist precarious urban – Dublin April 2018

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

What is new about precarisation? Or rather: for whom is it new?

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?

What do police officers see when they see expensive parkas?

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?

Young women in the Amsterdam creative industries

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

Man in the mirror

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