Project Description

Freelance Labour describes labour that has become “officeless”. It is a labor regime that supposedly promises freedom by luring people with the fantasy that they can earn a living from home or wherever they want, whenever they want, with whomever they want, working as they want. This so-called freedom means being able to work 24 hours a day, 7 days a week; moreover, since it is “at home”, it is work that is easily invisible to both the employer and the household. We also see how the “network” connections that replace the job security that freelancing eliminates create an isolating universe with its salary-extractive structure. The book shows how the increasingly widespread freelancing conditions, while exacerbating precariousness, drive workers to feelings of guilt and shame, contrary to the neoliberal promise of freedom. But this is not a story of surrender; Özlem İlyas seeks an alternative vision of freedom through the experiences of freelance workers’ resistance and organizing. “In neoliberal freelancing conditions, freedom is both a prerequisite and an object of desire promised in exchange for the guarantees expected to be sacrificed in the post-2008 crisis period. In short, we can say that what constitutes the ‘good life’ has been redefined.