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GUIMARAES JUNIOR, Sergio Dias  and  FERREIRA, João Batista de Oliveira. Outsourcing, health, and resistance: ethical-political provocations to the social psychology of work in the context of subjective precariousness. Cad. psicol. soc. trab. [online]. 2020, vol.23, n.2, pp. 189-202. ISSN 1516-3717.

This paper provides a critical reflection on the articulation between outsourcing, health and forms of resistance in contemporary work contexts. We present the results of a research carried out with female workers and subcontracted workers from a Brazilian public university. Collective meetings, semi-structured interviews and field journals were carried out. The results show that subcontractors are endowed with invisibility and experience situations of exclusion, discrimination, lack of recognition, overload and other injustices. Ethnic-racial and gender issues were also observed as aspects that produce suffering. On the other hand, it was possible to observe different forms of resistance: production of defense mechanisms against suffering; political involvement in collective struggles; and possible illness processes that, in the end, represent an extreme way to resist extremely precarious work. It defends the ethical-political commitment of the social psychology of Brazilian work - as a product of its time - to take a critical stance on this matter and contribute to the promotion of resistance movements in favor of the continuity of the struggle for health, guarantee of rights and forms of work based on the dignity of life.

Keywords : Outsourced services; Precarious work; Resistances.

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