Sociology and Social Policy Research Seminar 2019 - 11 September 2019

Date Wednesday 11 September 2019
Time 3:10pm - 4:10pm
Where K.G.11
Presenter Dayna East, Darelle Howard and David Neilson
Contact Rachel Gosnell-Maddock
Contact email
Admission Cost Free

Precarious Work and Welfare Reform in Aotearoa New Zealand (presented by Dayna East)

Precarious work – employment characterised by features like instability, low pay, low levels of worker protection, and low access to benefits – constitutes the employment arrangements of approximately 606,000 working New Zealanders. This presentation outlines my Master’s research, which will investigate the extent to which Government welfare-to-work, or ‘workfare’, reform has contributed to the prevalence of this increasingly insecure workforce. First, I aim to explore how the Welfare Working Group’s workfare reform increased the insecurity of beneficiaries in New Zealand. I will then investigate the extent to which beneficiaries are entering into precarious working arrangements. Lastly, I hope to speak to beneficiaries employed in precarious work, in order to understand the challenges of transitioning from insecurity in the welfare system to insecurity in the labour market.

Revisiting French Regulation School and Food Regime Theory: Looking back to look forward (presented by Darelle Howard and David Neilson)

Capitalism, as we are experiencing in the current era, is failing. Crises are rampant; the environment is suffering and responsibilised individuals are enduring a competitive and precarious experience. This is a direct result of a liberalised global market that has not arisen spontaneously, but rather from a deliberately enacted model of development. Neilson and I argue that we need to conceptualise and implement an alternative model of development that addresses the failings of the current neoliberal model of development and facilitates a more socially and environmentally just future. However, this is a project well beyond the scope of this research. Thus, my thesis hones in on the agricultural sector. This article explores pivotal theories that provide conceptual tools for analysing capitalist developments within agriculture. We argue that these theories require revision in order to invigorate an analysis of the contemporary era and enable the conceptualisation of future developments in agriculture.