Worlds of Related Coercions in Work

The COST Action “Worlds of Related Coercions in Work” (WORCK) calls for a radical change of perspective in labour history. It links the stories of work and production with those of violence, expropriation, and marginalisation. By studying the persistence and transformations of coercion and bondage across gender orders, geographic regions and historical eras, WORCK shifts the focus of labour history: from the male-breadwinner model and the free wage labourer or the capitalist mode of production to the understanding of the mechanisms of coercion in all work relations throughout history; from the analytical framework of the modern West to radical historicisation that helps reconceptualising labour history as a specific approach to social history and to link the study of the past with current debates on social inequalities and the flexibilisation and precarisation of work worldwide.

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Extension of the COST Action WORCK

October 6th, 2022|News|

We are thrilled to announce that after three years of our COST Action, WORCK has been granted an extension. The network will continue to operate for another 6 months after the end of the [...]

After WORCK Drinks (Autumn/Winter 2022)

October 3rd, 2022|Events, News, WORCK Membership|

WORCK’s Think Tank invites you to participate in the  After WORCK Drinks. This monthly jour fixe is dedicated to discussions of “What is coercion?” and “What comes after WORCK?” The overarching goal of these informal After WORCK Drinks is to link our [...]

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