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Effects of project-based research work on the career paths of young academics

Maria Norkus, Cristina Besio and Nina Baur
Work Organisation, Labour & Globalisation
Vol. 10, No. 2, The Precariousness of knowledge workers (Part 1): hybridisation, self-employment and subjectification (Winter 2016), pp. 9-26
Published by: Pluto Journals
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.13169/workorgalaboglob.10.2.0009
Page Count: 18
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Abstract

This article focuses on the career chances and working conditions of early-stage researchers as an important category of knowledge workers within the academic system in Germany. We analyse the consequences of a crucial element of this system: the trend to work on externally-funded short-term research projects. Temporary employment in projects opens up opportunities for self-fulfilment and self-organisation, but also increases the risk of self-exploitation. There are, however, variations in the advantages and disadvantages depending on disciplinary structures. Moreover, in order to succeed in science the availability of a variety of capitals is necessary. As a consequence, projectification disadvantages social groups with scarce resources.

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