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Demarcation of core and periphery dichotomy: evidence from Turkey's shipyards for a 'paradoxical precarity' model

Cam, Surhan ORCID: 2018. Demarcation of core and periphery dichotomy: evidence from Turkey's shipyards for a 'paradoxical precarity' model. Industrial Relations Journal 49 (2) , pp. 153-173. 10.1111/irj.12208

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Combining ethnographic inquiries with questionnaires, this paper rectifies the dearth of systematic research on core employees in Turkey’s shipyards. In doing so, it revises conventional associations of precarity with the peripheral jobs both exclusively and predominantly. In particular, we point to the rise of a peculiar model, ‘paradoxical precarity’, as the core jobs have become more identifiable with precarity than the rest. Paradoxical precarity has four distinguishable contours: a) The masses of core employees lost their jobs to precarious workers b) Even so, a substantial proportion of employees remain at the core c) This, however, came at a cost: they became more dissatisfied than others with remuneration, job security, employee involvement and job intensity whilst frustrated with unions and d) Paradoxical precarity has faced political and economic challenges but it is reproduced by a managerial short-termism under competitive pressures to save on high-skills thanks to an ever-increasing number of graduates.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Publisher: Wiley
ISSN: 0019-8692
Funders: Bristish Council, Newton Institutional Links
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 28 February 2018
Date of Acceptance: 23 February 2018
Last Modified: 07 Nov 2023 07:30

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