By Carrie M. Lane

ISBN-10: 0801449642

ISBN-13: 9780801449642

ISBN-10: 0801477271

ISBN-13: 9780801477270

Being laid off could be a worrying occasion. The unemployed fear approximately how they'll pay their accounts and discover a new task. within the American economy's boom-and-bust enterprise cycle because the Nineteen Eighties, repeated layoffs became a part of operating lifestyles. In an organization of 1, Carrie M. Lane reveals that the hot tradition of company employment, adjustments to the activity seek procedure, and dual-income marriage have reshaped how ultra-modern expert employees view unemployment. via interviews with seventy-five unemployed and underemployed high-tech white-collar employees within the Dallas sector over the process the 2000s, Lane indicates that they have got embraced a brand new definition of employment during which all jobs are transitority and all staff are, or will be, autonomous "companies of one."Following the studies of person jobseekers through the years, Lane explores the critical function that prepared networking occasions, operating spouses, and neoliberal ideology play in forging and reinforcing a brand new individualist, pro-market reaction to the more and more insecure nature of up to date employment. She additionally explores how this new standpoint is reworking conventional principles approximately masculinity and the function of guys as breadwinners. Sympathetic to the advantages that this "company of 1" ideology can carry for its adherents, Lane additionally information the way it hides the genuine charges of an insecure staff and makes collective and political responses to task loss and downward mobility unlikely.

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