Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Freelancing as a form of resistance

I see freelancers as constituting a social movement despite the fact they rarely coalesce into a more coherent collectivity. A notable exception to this were the camps that sprung up in Saudi Arabia recently to protest government attempts to regularise and/or deport irregular migrants, including freelancers. Such examples are uncommon though, and freelancers most often rely on transnational networks of kin and co-ethnics to enable their practices of freedom. Through these networks they create and experience a sense of solidarity with other freelancers through discursive acts of identification, affirming and asserting alongside one another that they are people who practice freedom. 

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