Risk Governance and Precarity in the Scheduling Process: Three Studies of the US Labor Market and Retail Sector

Peter J. Fugiel
This dissertation examines the origins, functions, and effects of precarious schedules—characterized by unpredictable timing or hours of work—in the US labor market. I focus on the retail sector, which has drawn scrutiny for unstable scheduling practices, such as on-call shifts and variable part-time hours, that compound more familiar problems of low wages and inadequate benefits for retail workers. My dissertation advances sociological understanding of this topic by theorizing schedules as risk governance arrangements, reconceptualizing precarity...
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