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Networked but commodified: The (dis)embeddedness of digital labour in the gig economy

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This article investigates the (dis)embeddedness of digital labour within the remote gig economy. We use interview and survey data to highlight how platform workers in Southeast Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa are normatively disembedded from social protections through a process of commodification. Normative disembeddedness leaves workers exposed to the vagaries of the external labour market due to an absence of labour regulations and rights. It also endangers social reproduction by limiting acces...

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Peer reviewed

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10.1177/0038038519828906

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
SSD
Department:
Oxford Internet Institute
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Author
ORCID:
0000-0003-0569-7145
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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
Social Sciences Division
Department:
Oxford Internet Institute
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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
Social Sciences Division
Department:
Oxford Internet Institute
Role:
Author
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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
Social Sciences Division
Department:
Oxford Internet Institute
Role:
Author
Publisher:
SAGE Publications
Journal:
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Volume:
53
Issue:
5
Pages:
931-950
Publication date:
2019-02-28
Acceptance date:
2019-01-09
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EISSN:
1469-8684
ISSN:
0038-0385
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pubs:959478
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uuid:161ffc8b-e8e4-4047-babe-fb877ce4f6d5
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959478
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2019-01-14

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