Journées d’étude

What precariousness means for health ? A Franco-British Comparative Day Workshop

Journée d’étude co-organisée par le Cresppa-CSU et la London Metropolitan University, Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities (FSSH). Coordination : Sylvie Contrepois et Laure Pitti.

The extensive deregulation of labour markets has made living conditions much more precarious across Europe. Over the last thirty years our societies have experienced both higher levels of unemployment and greater numbers of the working poor. Incomes have generally been squeezed. Whole regions have been devastated through industrial restructuring.

These developments have had significant repercussions on public health. A major one clearly has been through increasing health inequalities.

Economic restructuring makes a big contribution to this trend by taking many of those affected by redundancies into poverty, and by its impact on mental health. Health inequalities are also gendered and ethnicised. Women, migrants and ethnic minorities are the first hit in a period of crisis. Finally, in a context where productivity and efficiency have become key themes at work, the capacity of organisations to integrate workers with health problems is becoming an ever sharper question.

This day workshop will consider these issues through a range of papers based on research on the Western European situations.

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