The Global Legacy
Edited By Michael Adrian Peters and Tina Besley
Chapter Twenty-Nine: Working for the World
Working for the World
M. J. STUART
WORKING FOR THE WORLD
Using Bauman’s (1998, p. 92) notion of two types of international travellers, tourist or indigent, I examine the issue of work for all. Politicians use terms for policies such as “Free to Grow,” utilising the assumption that freedom is unproblematic. Freedom includes “the form of opportunities for participation in trade and production [which] can help to generate personal abundance as well as public resources for social facilities” (Sen, 1999, p. 11, cited in New Zealand Treasury, 2001, p. 20). As Zygmunt Bauman says, they are freed from the fetters of capital, in an uncertain world like guests in a caravan site (2000, pp. 23–24). For states, such policies have bio-political purposes, such as decreasing educational disadvantage, getting women of childbearing age into the workforce, and ensuring children receive good foundational education prior to school. The usefulness of such policies has been advocated (as cost-effective ways of managing demographic and economic risks) by a number of national and international publications (Minstrom 2011; NZ Treasury, 2001; Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development [OECD], 2012, p. 33). They are indeed, a part of a global discourse about work, its value and as sites for actuarial investments. ← 461 | 462 →
Work has been framed as one security in an unsecure world, where the tourists, offered freedom, can migrate to gain financial benefits for themselves and their families. Parents are free to...
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