Marginality, poverty and contemporary work

A symposium panel and book launch for Precarious Enterprise on the Margins: work, poverty and homelessness in the city by Jessica Gerrard.

The book examines contemporary marginality by charting the working lives of sellers of homeless street press, including The Big Issue in Melbourne and London and Street Sheet in San Francisco.

The book's launch will be hosted by Professor Jane Kenway, Emeritus Professor, Monash University and Professorial Fellow, Melbourne Graduate School of Education, University of Melbourne. Professor Kenway’s research expertise is in socio-cultural studies of education in the context of wider social and cultural change.

The symposium panel will consist of:

  • Associate Professor Deborah Warr, Principal Fellow, University of Melbourne whose research focuses on place-based disadvantage and communities experiencing social and economic marginalisation
  • Professor Peter Kelly, Director, Centre for Education, Training and Work in the Asian Century and Deputy Head of School, RMIT, who is a social theorist/social researcher who has published extensively on young people, the practice of youth studies, social theory and globalisation
  • Professor Guy Johnson, Inaugural Unison Chair of Urban Housing and Homelessness, RMIT, whose research investigates theoretical and applied questions relating to the dynamics of homelessness and housing.

About the book's author

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Dr Jessica Gerrard

Jessica Gerrard is Senior Lecturer in Education, Equity and Politics at the University of Melbourne. She works across the disciplines of sociology and history, with a focus on: the relationship of education to social change, policy and politics; experiences of inequality and injustice; and critical theories and methodologies.