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Published: 30 November 2020

256 Pages

9 x 6 inches

ISBN: 9781789622140

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Republican Citizens, Precarious Subjects

Representations of Work in Post-Fordist France

Jeremy F. Lane

Liverpool University Press

Studies in Modern and Contemporary France

  • The first detailed study in English of recent French cinematic and literary depictions of workplace precarity and flexibility
  • Focusing on selected character types, it examines how French workers of different ages, sexes, classes, and ethnicities have come to embody anxieties at the pace of social, economic, and cultural change in post-Fordist France
  • Eschewing appeals to French exceptionalism or idealised notions of an inherently progressive French postwar model, it highlights the often politically ambiguous ways in which French authors and filmmakers have responded to labour market flexibility and precarity
  • A genuinely interdisciplinary study, combining sociology and political economy with film, literary and cultural studies
  • Offers an original, distinctive contribution to debates on precarity and flexibility in the English-speaking world