Introduction to the Special Issue Precarious Labor, Capitalist Transformation, and the State: Insights from Central Asia

Franco Galdini, Maurizio Totaro, Laura Tourtellotte

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Abstract

The end of the Soviet Union marked a turning point in the radical reconfiguration of labor relations in the post-Soviet world, including in Central Asia. The effects of this “unmaking” of Soviet working life—to paraphrase Humphrey—were articulated in new capital-labor relations that led to a heightened sense of financial and existential insecurity across large sections of Central Asian societies. Thirty years on, mass labor precarization in the region appears in line with broader trends in the global political economy, where, despite enduring and even significant differences between countries in the Global North and the Global South, “[c]ontingent, precarious, and temporary jobs are becoming the norm.”
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-7
Number of pages7
JournalInternational Labor and Working-Class History
Volume103
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 16 Aug 2023

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