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"Free to Work Anxiously: Splintering Precarity Among Drivers for Uber and Lyft"

by Malin, Brenton J; Chandler, Curry (2016)


Drawing on interviews from the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania area, this study explores how Uber and Lyft drivers understand their own digital labor. Situated between the presumed freedom of the digital economy and the feelings of risk that accompany independently contracted work under neoliberalism, these drivers evidence what we term splintering precarity—a bifurcated set of risks that stands in contrast to both certain more privileged dotcom employees who may not require a supplemental income and less privileged laborers who are denied even the “on-demand” employment of Uber and Lyft. The experience of these drivers offers an important picture of the affective impacts of the infrastructural outsourcing that characterizes much early 21st-century economics.


Work Stress, Anxiety, Mental Health, Precarious Work, Gig Work, Working Hours


Gig Work, Digital Labour

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