‘Technoprecarious’ Is Out Now
Feminist Research Institute Director Kalindi Vora is co-author of the new book Technoprecarious, which explores the role of digital technology in global inequality and insecurity, despite the new affordances and possibilities these technologies offer.
Digital technologies—whether apps like Uber, built on flexible labor, or platforms like Airbnb that shift accountability to users—have assisted in consolidating the wealth and influence of a small number of players. These platforms have also exacerbated increasingly insecure conditions of work and life for racial, ethnic, and sexual minorities; women; indigenous people; migrants; and peoples in the global south. At the same time, precarity has become increasingly generalized, expanding to include even the creative class and digital producers themselves.
In Technoprecarious, the Precarity Lab, an intergenerational network of scholars and activists at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, makes real how digital cultures produce, reproduce, and intervene in precarity. The Lab is made up of Anna Watkins Fisher, Silvia Lindtner, Ivan Chaar-Lopez, Cengiz Salman, McKenzie Wark, Kalindi Vora, Jackie Wang, Cass Adair, Lisa Nakamura, Cindy Lin, and Meryem Kamil.