The Market Illusion: Re-reading Work in Advanced Economies

International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, 2005, Vol. 25, No. 10/11, pp. 106-118.

13 Pages Posted: 27 Dec 2015

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Colin Williams

University of Sheffield - School of Management

Date Written: 2005

Abstract

.This article evaluates critically the meta-narrative that a powerful, expansive, hegemonic and totalising market sphere is penetrating deeper into each and every corner of everyday life in the ‘advanced market economies’. Drawing theoretical inspiration from an emerging corpus of post-structuralist thought that has be gun to re-read the meaning of work, this dominant discourse is here challenged by re-evaluating the nature and trajectories of work. This will reveal that the organisation of work is grounded in a plurality of economic practices of which market work represents only one segment. Nor is any evidence identified of a uni-dimensional and linear trajectory towards a hegemonic market. In the final section, therefore, it is shown to be now necessary to engage in a politics of re-representation of work in these so-called ‘market’ societies so as to open them up to re-signification.

Keywords: informal economy, binary hierarchy, dualism, future of work

JEL Classification: H26, J46, J48, K34, K42, O17

Suggested Citation

Williams, Colin, The Market Illusion: Re-reading Work in Advanced Economies (2005). International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, 2005, Vol. 25, No. 10/11, pp. 106-118., Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2708215

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