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School of Geography

Beyond the Wage: Ordinary Work in Diverse Economies (Book Launch)

When: Thursday, July 1, 2021, 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Where: Online event

Join the School of Geography at QMUL for the launch of Beyond the Wage: Ordinary Work in Diverse Economies with a discussion with chapter authors and Bridget Anderson as discussant.

Recent developments in the organization of work and production have facilitated the decline of wage employment in many regions of the world. However, the idea of the wage continues to dominate the political imaginations of governments, researchers and activists, based on the historical experiences of industrial workers in the global North.

The edited collection Beyond the Wage: Ordinary Work in Diverse Economies revitalises debates on the future of work by challenging the idea of wage employment as the global norm. Join us for the online book launch on Thursday 1 July between 3pm-4pm (BST).

Speakers and chapter authors

  • Will Monteith, Queen Mary University of London
  • Dora-Olivia Vicol, Work Rights Centre, University of Oxford
  • Annemiek Prins, Radbound University, Netherlands


  • Bridget Anderson, University of Bristol

Event chair

See Bristol University Press for more information about Beyond the Wage and to purchase the book

Book reviews

"A much needed volume that brings to centre stage the diversity of ordinary work. It convincingly challenges the capitalocentric focus on wage employment as the only 'real' job." Katherine Gibson, Western Sydney University

"Giving voice to stories of contemporary work the world over, this book projects a shared perspective that complicates easy paths from the present reality of work to its possible futures." Frederick Harry Pitts, University of Bristol

"This book offers an innovative response to widespread contemporary concerns that we are increasingly facing a job-scarce future by rejecting the Eurocentric roots of this concern. The volume demonstrates how much we can all learn by turning to the Global South, to sites in which people‚Äôs engagement with fairly different strategies for work distribution and compensation have resulted in labour practices that can shed much needed light on contemporary work around the world." Ilana Gershon, Indiana University

"Challenging assumptions that restrict and hierarchise most thinking about work, this exciting collection draws from experiences across the globe to help us imagine new futures." Bridget Anderson, University of Bristol

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