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Learning to Freelance: Casual Employment in the Live Entertainment and Production Industry

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Title: Learning to Freelance: Casual Employment in the Live Entertainment and Production Industry
Author: Steinberg, Howard
Department: Department of Sociology and Anthropology
Program: Public Issues Anthropology
Advisor: Leach, Belinda
Abstract: This thesis is based on an ethnographic study of freelance work in the live entertainment and production industry. It is informed by participant observation and interviews with workers in Toronto, Canada. It builds on previous studies of temporary and casual work and examines the discourses of flexibility and individual employability that prevail in the industry. This analysis was developed through extensive participant observation as I laboured in the production industry in an attempt to better understand the experience of working class labourers in non-standard forms of employment in an age of increasing contingency and precariousness.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10214/8791
Date: 2015
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