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
My new column for Sociale Vraagstukken addresses the question of what the current popularity of the term ‘precariat’ produces: a view on precariousness as a property of a particular class, a class at the bottom of our new class structure (for Mike Savage et al or the Dutch SCP planning bureau). I rather use the … More What is wrong with talking about the precariat as a class
Op socialevraagstukken.nl analyseerde ik het arbeidsmarktbeleid van Rutte III en concludeerde dat de onzekerheid verder zal worden vergroot: Individuele werkenden moeten ‘kansen’ zien, zich schuldig voelen als ze die niet pakken en niet langer zoeken naar ‘zekerheid’, dat is iets dat toch vooral aan werkgevers wordt beloofd. Lees hier verder.
By Carmen Ferri Oversize fashion has worked on female bodies for decades. The latest adaption of this style however, suggests a new version of this trend that is situated somewhere in-between homey, daily and business casual look. Nadine for example, a freelance graphic designer, whom I interviewed for our research project, was telling me that … More Why Size Matters
By Josien Arts Aesthetic requirements for conditional welfare Recently, I gave a talk to the Amsterdam Sociology Alumni Association (KAS) about my research project on aesthetic requirements for conditional welfare. In the Netherlands, welfare is organised in the Participation Act. This act can be seen as the culmination of the active welfare state, in which … More Dressing to deserve welfare