Brian W. Halpin
Office Hours for Winter 2017 :
- T: 2-4 or by appointment
PHD Department of Sociology, University of California, Davis 2016
M.A. Department of Sociology, University of California, Davis 2010.
B.A. Department of Sociology, University of California, Berkeley 2007.
(High Honors, Distinction in General Scholarship)
A.A. College of Marin, Kentfield, CA 2005.
Areas of Specialization
Work, Labor, Labor Markets, Sociological Theory, Economic Sociology, Political Sociology, Ethnography
Qualifying Exam: Political Economy and Sociology of Labor and Work
Committee: Fred Block (chair), Vicki Smith, Luis Guarnizo, Chris Benner (UC Santa Cruz), Kim Voss (UC Berkeley)
2016 "Nonstandard Work and Workers" (With Vicki Smith). In the Handbook of Politics of Labour, Work and Employment. Gregor Gall (ed.). Edward Elgar Publishing. (Forthcoming)
2015 "Subject To Change Without Notice: Mock Schedules and Flexible Employment in the United States." Social Problems 62(3): 419-438.
2014 (with Vicki Smith) “Low-wage Work Uncertainty often Traps Low-wage Workers.” Policy Brief, UC Davis Center for Poverty Research. http://poverty.ucdavis.edu/policy-brief/low-wage-work-uncertainty-often-traps-low-wage-workers
2013 “Harry Braverman” and “Game Playing.” Pp. 44-46 and 311-312 in Sociology of Work: An Encyclopedia. Vicki Smith (ed.). Sage.
"Employment-Management Work: Third Wave Marketization and the Commodification of Labor" Committee: Vicki Smith (Chair), Fred Block, Chris Benner
Faced with a turbulent economy, how do low-wage workers cope with unpredictability, risk, and precarity and defend themselves against economic insecurity? Using a Polanyian framework and the concept of labor as a fictitious commodity, I argue for the concept of employment-management work as a fundamental experience of work under capitalism. In building the significance of this argument, I examine three theoretically relevant cases: first- generation Latino immigrants, unemployed workers who use state-sponsored One-Stop Job Centers, and low-wage unionized public employees. Using case study logic, I extend and build a theory of 21st century precariousness, illustrating how workers across three institutional and organizational domains cope and come to grips with an increasingly precarious labor market.
Papers in Progress
“Public Employees in an Age of Precarity: Neoliberal Restructuring in Unionized Public Employment.”
“The Perversity of Unemployment Narrative: Navigating State-Sponsored Job Search Organizations.”
“Employment Management as Labor Market Experience: A Case Study and a New Theoretical Framework.” With Vicki Smith. (With Vicki Smith). Under review.
"The Politics of Recognition: Stigma, Prestige and Game Play in Precarious Work." (With David Orzechowicz).