The Social Construction of Temporary Work : From Its Emergence in the USA to Its Institutionalization in France

The aim of this paper is the study of the historical development of temporary work. Temporary workers agencies (TWA) appear first at the beginning of the last century in the United States and in the United Kingdom. From the years 1940 on, their fast development carried by large companies of temporary work would be based first of all on the secretarial work needs. Introduced in France during the 1950’s, its institutionalization (economic, social, and political recognition as a useful activity for the community) has been progressive.

Rachid Belkacem, Cathel Kornig, Socio-Économie du Travail n°33 (Économies et Sociétés, tome XLV), août 2011, p. 1301-1327.

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