Dynamics of precarity among ‘new migrants’: exploring the worker-capital relation through mobilities and mobility power

Tom Vickers, John Clayton, Hilary Davison , Lucinda Hudson, Maria A Cañadas, Paul Biddle, Sara Lilley

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Abstract

This article conceptualises the role of mobilities within precarious working and living conditions, drawing on qualitative analysis of interviews (n=52) and a policy seminar (n=50) in North-East England. It focuses on refugees, asylum seekers, and Eastern European EU migrants, as policy-constructed groups that have been identified as disproportionately concentrated in precarious work. The article develops three ‘dynamics of precarity’, defined as ‘surplus’, ‘rooted’, and ‘hyper-flexible’, to conceptualise distinct ways of moving that represent significant variations in the form that precarity takes. The article concludes that understanding precarity through mobilities can identify points of connection among today’s increasingly heterogeneous working class.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)696-714
Number of pages20
JournalMobilities
Volume14
Issue number5
Early online date19 May 2019
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 3 Sep 2019

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