Please note that the NURSS Seminar Series will be held virtually via Zoom on 22 April, 2021 (Thursday), 13:00 p.m.
Please be ready 5 minutes prior to the scheduled time.
The COVID-19 pandemic has brought new attention to the labour of workers in health and social care sectors, and their celebration as “essential workers”. Yet in Canada, as in many countries, frontline care work is devalued work, performed by immigrant and migrant workers, most of them women. In this presentation, I discuss research conducted in British Columbia (BC), Canada, on the mechanisms of devaluation and rentierization that produce and structure precarity for lower-paid workers in the seniors’ care sector. I connect the theorization of precarity within and beyond the employment relation to the devaluation of gendered and racialized labour which, conversely, materially constitutes the social infrastructures of care on which Canadian society depends.
About the Speaker:
Dr. Kendra Strauss is a labour geographer and feminist political economist based at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada. She is the Director of the Labour Studies Program, an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, and an Associate Member in the Department of Geography. She is also the Editor, Human Geography, for the Annals of the American Association of Geographers. Her research has focused on pension politics and financialization, precarity and unfreedom in contemporary labour markets, geographical imaginations of environmental change, and labour and urbanization. Her recent publications include progress reports of labour geography and comparison of labour markets in Canada and China.
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