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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The WORCK publication platform documents the ongoing working and discussion process as well as collaborative research results and publications of this network.

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In our Blog, we address current debates on labour and coercion.

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WORCK Training School 2: Programming Labour History. Digital Methods for Social and Labour Historians (Call for Applications)

May 23rd, 2023|Calls and Open Positions, Events, News, WORCK Membership|

Bielefeld University, Germany 12–15 February 2024 Since 2019, the COST Action “Worlds of Related Coercions in Work (WORCK)” (CA18205) has been bringing together scholars from all over Europe and beyond scholars working on labour [...]

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