This book captures the hidden labour of migrant nightworkers in 24/7 London. It argues that late capitalism normalises nightwork, yet refuses to recognise the associated problems, from lack of decent working conditions to the seizure of the workers' private time for self-development, family and social life. The book shows how the articulation of nightworkers' subjectivities and socialities happens at the intersection between migration, precarity and nightwork, and traces how each of these dimensions magnifies the lived experience of the others. It further reveals that any possibilities for cooperation or solidarity in the workplace between migrant nightworkers become fragile and secondary to their survival of the nightshift. It also elucidates the mechanisms that hinder cohesion between vulnerable groups placed temporally and socially on a different par to the mainstream societies. As such, this book is an excellent resource for labour regulators, experts and student researchers in migration, work and gender.
Julius-Cezar MacQuarie is a Marie-Sklodowska Curie Research Fellow at the Institute for Social Science in the 21st Century, University College Cork, Ireland where he conducts a project on Precarity in Women Migrant Nightworkers in Ireland. Over the years, he reached out to people inhabiting the night in various capacities: as a night ethnographer, migration scholar, outreach worker and collaborator with NGOs working with vulnerable groups. His Research interests include, night work in the nighttime economy, decent work agenda, international migration, and multi-modal nocturnal ethnography on migration and labour related dynamics.