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Type Journal Article - Review of Radical Political Economics
Title Job quality complexities: Self-employment within the low-income communities surrounding Cape Town, South Africa
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Volume 49
Issue 1
Publication (Day/Month/Year) 2017
Page numbers 30-53
URL http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/pdf/10.1177/0486613415621751
Abstract
This paper draws on feminist and Marxist traditions to develop a framework for analyzing job quality, which incorporates context, social relations, and power. Job quality among small business owners in low-income communities surrounding Cape Town, South Africa is analyzed using data from semi-structured, time-intensive interviews. The results reveal a complicated story of self-employment being a means of expressing creativity, forming identity and community, while simultaneously being characterized by insecurity and harsh constraints.

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