Date of Award

1-1-2015

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A.

Department

Josef Korbel School of International Studies

First Advisor

Aaron Schneider

Second Advisor

Rebecca Galemba

Keywords

Construction, Day labor, Immigration, Precarity, Structural violence, Undocumented

Abstract

Day laborers occupy an essential position in Denver’s booming construction industry. Day laborers make up a highly flexible, highly effective workforce able to respond to market changes. For day laborers, informal day-labor gathering points provide increased control over working hours and employee-employer relationships when compared to traditional wage labor. Still, recent legislation and policies around irregular migration has forced large numbers of workers who may have benefited from the stability of full-time regular employment into the informal sector. The day laborers’ flexibility also exposes them to employers constantly inventing ways to deny them the wages and benefits they are owed. Despite changes in Colorado law in attempts to strengthen workers’ recourse against their employers, and despite social and individual tactics day laborers employ to mitigate their vulnerability, systematic structural, symbolic, and everyday violence continue to advantage employers.

Provenance

Recieved from ProQuest

Rights holder

Camden Ryan Bowman

File size

101 p.

File format

application/pdf

Language

en

Discipline

Cultural anthropology, Labor relations, Latin American studies

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