ISBN 978-3-03777-244-7
302 pages
format 15.5 x 22.5 cm

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The Future of Work

Christian Suter, Jacinto Cuvi, Philip Balsiger, Mihaela Nedelcu (ed.)

The Future of Work is a collective, interdisciplinary effort to grasp the trends that were reshaping the world of work before the Covid-19 pandemic along with its effects on the workers and labour markets. Written in the immediate aftermath of the outbreak, as countries around the world grappled with the economic fallout, the volume’s twelve contributions from leading researchers and junior scholars draw on the rich debates of the 2019 congress of the Swiss Sociological Association on the future of work held at the University of Neuchâtel in the fall of 2019. The chapters, divided into five sections, cover issues ranging from the impacts of digital technologies and globalization to the experience of marginalized workers and the future of academia. Their critical insights into the historical dynamics and lived experiences behind the transformation of work provide a framework to understand the fate of workers and occupations in these unsettling times.


Christian Suter, Professor of Sociology at the University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland. His research has focused on social and economic inequalities, social indicators and quality of life, as well as on globalization and world society.

Jacinto Cuvi is visiting fellow at the London School of Economics. He holds a PhD in sociology from the University of Texas at Austin. His research focuses on informal labour in the urban South.

Philip Balsiger is an assistant professor of economic sociology at the University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland. In his work he is interested in sociological approaches to markets, with a particular attention on contentious processes.

Mihaela Nedelcu is titular professor at the institute of Sociology and project leader in the nccr-on the move at the University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland. Her research analyses the social impact of digital technologies and the transnationalization of social life, with a focus on e-diasporas, e-borders and transnational ageing.

With contributions by Camille Budon, Dominique Méda, Chris Tilly, George Ritzer, Piergiorgio Degli Esposti, Ulrich Dolata, Anne Jourdain, Eltje Gajewski, Rainer Gabriel, Michel Oris, Sonja Kubat, Kushtrim Adili, Monika Götzö, Eva Nadai, Anna Gonon, Jean-Pierre Tabin, Monika Piecek, Isabelle Probst, Céline Perrin, Pierre Bataille, Marie Sautier, Rainer Diaz-Bone.