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Emerging Transformations, Resistances and 'Commoning' of Mobile Precarity: the Everyday Life of Riders in Platform Capitalism 
Aimilia Voulvouli (University of the Aegean)
Maribel Casas-Cortés (Universidad de Zaragoza)
Carlos Diz (Universidade da Coruña)
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Peter Froggatt Centre (PFC), 02/025
Tuesday 26 July, -
Time zone: Europe/London

Short Abstract:

In this panel, we aim to expand and nuance conventional meanings of precarity, pointing towards the condition and ethics of the gig economy transformation. Which are the transformations of subjectivities, politics or tactics of resistance and 'commoning' of mobile precarity in late capitalism?

Long Abstract:

In recent years, the rise of platform capitalism and the gig economy has generated multiple transformations in the spaces and temporariness of daily lives in cities. A myriad of mobile applications overflow the boundaries of the urban and the digital and give rise to sociomaterial entanglements that are articulated on the move, between the courier's smartphone, his/her delivery itinerary, and the consumer's doorstep. This panel invites to explore how these economic and work-related transformations are impacting the everyday lives of 'riders' enlisted with on-demand labor companies such as Uber, Lyft, Glovo, Deliveroo etc. In this context, what kind of vulnerabilities and opportunities are these 'workers' exposed to? What kind of precarious livelihoods are emerging under this platform framework?

In this panel, we are aiming to expand and nuance conventional meanings of precarity, pointing towards a condition and ethics of mobile precarity in late capitalism. We welcome papers that ethnographically emphasize the itinerant, ambivalent and uncertain character of daily life at the heart of the platform economy, addressing the following questions: What are the defining characteristics of gig economy work compared to other precarious jobs? What kind of transformations are taking place in the field of subjectivities? Who are the subjects that embody them and what are their life trajectories? What strategies of care do they deploy in the workplace and in everyday life? How do they engage affectively with their work? What are their tactics of resistance and alternative politics or 'commoning' and how do they express and materialize them?

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Session 1 Tuesday 26 July, 2022, -