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Is a concept developed by German sociologist Ulrich Beck to characterize trends in the nature of work and the structure of the workforce in developed economies. Beck claims, essentially, that stable, secure employment is declining and being replaced by a vast swathe of casualized, precarious work. One effect, amongst many, will be a sharper division between core employees who retain traditional employment and the expanding ranks of the insecure, the pattern that exists in many emerging economies such as Brazil. Beck's dystopian vision of workforce trends has been criticized as exaggerated and inaccurate.

Subjects: Human Resource Management.

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