‘More to prove and more to lose’: race, racism and precarious employment in higher education

Arday, J. (2022) ‘More to prove and more to lose’: race, racism and precarious employment in higher education. British Journal of Sociology of Education, 43(4), pp. 513-533. (doi: 10.1080/01425692.2022.2074375)

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Precarious employment is considered a social determinant impacting the health of workers, families and communities. The Academy is known to utilise non-standard employment contracts, coming under widespread criticism from its social partners for exploitative practices. Whilst there is much research suggesting certain groups (e.g. early career researchers, women) are disproportionately affected, less is known about the impact of precarious employment on staff of colour. Utilising a critical race theory framework, the current study attempts to close this knowledge gap by exploring the experiences of staff of colour. Eighteen participants across 10 universities engaged in focus groups, revealing three key themes: systemic racism, job insecurity and lack of career progression. Whilst results supported existing research, limitations of the current study are discussed. Recommendations for future practice include a call for legislators and policymakers to create clearer definitions and to better standardise rights and benefits across standard and non-standard employment practices.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Arday, Professor Jason
Authors: Arday, J.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Education
Journal Name:British Journal of Sociology of Education
Publisher:Taylor and Francis
ISSN (Online):1465-3346
Published Online:25 June 2022
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2022 The Author
First Published:First published in British Journal of Sociology of Education 43(4): 513-533
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons License

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