Saturday, October 23, 2004

temps questions

I guess I must watch too many movies related to information and labor - anyone seen Haiku Tunnel, in which a white man in his 20s performs temporary clerical duties (sort of), works on writing his novel on the job, and finds he doesn't want to "go 'perm?'" And who are his clerical co-workers? Two young white women and a gay man.

1. Could we talk some more about the implications of 'doing' gender on the job? I don't disagree with Krasas Rogers that this happens, but the concept is introduced rather abruptly. If a gay Asian man is, in fact, 'doing' white heterosexual femininity to secure better placements, I'd like to know a little more about the how's and why's of that. Or is that necessarily the kind of gender he's 'doing?'

2. In contingent labor and 'three party' employment structures, how can the worker become more empowered and more in control?

3. I think this can be looked at both as labor that is temporary (and everything that entails) and labor that is... well... pimped out. There are two sets of issues going on. People who work for a company like Merry Maids have as much in common with clerical temps as do the temporary attorneys, just from a different perspective. What additional conclusions would be reached by analyzing temporary labor from the 'contracted out' angle and comparing it to other employees in that position?

4. Is this 'three party' employment structure more likely to occur when the labor pool in question is predominantly female?

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