Date of Award
Josef Korbel School of International Studies
Aaron Schneider, Ph.D.
Construction, Day labor, Immigration, Precarity, Structural violence, Undocumented
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.
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Bowman, Camden Ryan, "A Fair Day's Wages: Liberty, Legality, and Liability Among Denver's Day Laborers" (2015). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 1012.
Received from ProQuest
Camden Ryan Bowman
Cultural Anthropology, Labor Relations, Latin American Studies