© 2015

The New Social Division

Making and Unmaking Precariousness

  • Donatella della Porta
  • Sakari Hänninen
  • Martti Siisiäinen
  • Tiina Silvasti

Part of the Palgrave Studies in European Political Sociology book series (PSEPS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. The Precarization Effect

    1. Donatella della Porta, Sakari Hänninen, Martti Siisiäinen, Tiina Silvasti
      Pages 1-23
  3. ‘Objective’ Class Characteristics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 25-25
    2. Harri Melin, Raimo Blom
      Pages 27-42
    3. Erling Solheim, Håkon Leiulfsrud
      Pages 63-82
    4. Charalambos Kasimis, Apostolos G. Papadopoulos, Stavros Zografakis
      Pages 101-119
  4. Precarious Experiences

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 121-121
    2. Ildikó Asztalos Morell
      Pages 139-157
    3. Tiina Silvasti, Sakari Hänninen
      Pages 159-175
    4. Lauri Siisiäinen
      Pages 197-212
  5. Precarious Collective Actions (Struggles)

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 213-213
    2. Donatella della Porta, Simone Baglioni, Herbert Reiter
      Pages 215-232
    3. Martti Siisiäinen, Eeva Luhtakallio, Tomi Kankainen
      Pages 249-267
    4. Donatella della Porta, Sakari Hänninen, Martti Siisiäinen, Tiina Silvasti
      Pages 287-298

About this book


This volume addresses issues of precariousness in a broad, interdisciplinary perspective, looking at socio-economic transformations as well as the identity formation and political organizing of precarious people. The collection bridges empirical research with social theory to problematize and analyse the precariat.


Precarization unemployment social exclusion social movements equality labour market capitalism flexibility identity labor market Segregation social theory transformation

Editors and affiliations

  • Donatella della Porta
    • 1
  • Sakari Hänninen
    • 2
  • Martti Siisiäinen
    • 3
  • Tiina Silvasti
    • 3
  1. 1.European University InstituteItaly
  2. 2.National Institute for Health and WelfareFinland
  3. 3.University of JyväskyläFinland

About the editors

Ildikó Asztalos Morell, Mälardalen University, Sweden. Simone Baglioni, Glasgow Caledonian University, UK. Raimo Blom, University of Tampere, Finland. Kevin Doogan, University of Bristol, UK. Klaus Dörre, Friedrich-Schiller-University of Jena, Germany. Tomi Kankainen, University of Jyväskylä, Finland. Charalambos Kasimis, Agricultural University of Athens, Greece. Håkon Leiulfsrud, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway. Kirsti Lempiäinen, University of Lapland, Finland. Eeva Luhtakallio, University of Tampere, Finland. Alice Mattoni, European University Institute, Italy. Harri Melin, University of Tampere, Finland. Apostolos G. Papadopoulos, Harokopio University of Athens, Greece. Herbert Reiter, European University Institute, Italy. Lauri Siisiainen, University of Jyväskylä, Finland. Erling Solheim, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway. Markos Vogiatzoglou , European University Institute, Italy. Stavros Zografakis, Agricultural University of Athens, Greece.

Bibliographic information


“The collection offers some valuable contributions to the existing body of knowledge. … the book is strong on its diverse analytical dimensions, which reveal the manifold character of the precarisation process. It brings important contributions to the debate by offering a contextual understanding of the triggers behind, experiences of and struggles against precariousness.” (Mirela Ivanova, Transfer, Vol. 23 (4), 2017)