Researcher | Teacher | Activist
Larissa Petrucci, MS, is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Sociology and Research Assistant in the Labor Education and Research Center at the University of Oregon. She is a passionate and energetic labor scholar, instructor, and union activist specializing in professional occupations, organizations, precarious work, and neoliberal feminism. Larissa has co-authored research exploring workers' responses to unpredictable scheduling practices and institutional communication regarding sexual violence. She is currently preparing manuscripts on postfeminist organizing models, managerial forms of control in the software industry, and symbolic feminism within global supply chains. She has taught courses on American Society, Work and Occupations, and Introduction to Research Methods, as well as designed an upper division course titled Transformations in the Labor Process. She also engages in public sociology, working on qualitative research assessing scheduling legislation and is actively involved in labor organizing in Oregon.
Work Economy and Organizations; Labor Process; Political Economy; Race, Class, and Gender
Larissa’s dissertation research raises the questions: How does management attempt to control the software labor process? Why and in what ways is the software production process organized by Toyota's lean production methods?
Larissa's research investigates software production processes by focusing on Agile, a project management method derivative of the Toyota Production System. Drawing upon in-depth interviews, participant observation, and analysis of online training videos, this study explores the continuities and differences between lean manufacturing and lean software production and its implications for workers. Her research shows how Agile elicits consent and imposes control, and highlights how worker contestation and resistance impact the software labor process.
Impossible Choices: How Workers Manage Unpredictable Choices
Labor Studies Journal
Camila Alvarez, Lola Loustaunau, Larissa Petrucci, and Ellen Scott
Sixteen percent of hourly workers and 36 percent of workers paid on some other bases experience unstable work schedules due to irregular, on-call, rotating or split shifts, which negatively impacts workers’ ability to manage family responsibilities, finances, and health. Primarily drawing on data from in-depth interviews conducted in Oregon in 2016, this study expands research on how workers navigate through “bad jobs” by exploring the ways in which they respond in an attempt to manage the individual impacts of precarious work arrangements. We found that workers respond to unpredictable scheduling in four ways: they acquiesce, self-advocate, quit, or directly oppose employers. Our findings highlight the ‘impossible choices’ workers face as they negotiate prevalent unpredictable work conditions, juggle work-life obligations, and struggle to remain employed. We conclude with fair week work policy recommendations.
Dissonant Discourses in Institutional Communications on Sexual Violence
Women, Politics, and Policy
Malori Musselman, Andrea Herrera, Diego Contreras Medrano, Dan Fielding, Nicole Francisco, and Larissa Petrucci
This paper is a discourse analysis of a large northwestern research university’s official communications regarding sexual violence for a 15 month time frame. Through close reading of these communications, we find that concurrent with high levels of criticism in the spring of 2014 over the university’s handling of a high profile rape case, the university advanced dissonant discourses of risk and responsibility in its communications regarding sexual violence. At both the institutional and individual levels, these dissonant discourses work to construct who is at risk of committing or experiencing sexual violence, and (our main focus here) who is responsible for preventing and responding to it. In conclusion, we discuss possible implications for these dissonant discourses on the future of campus sexual violence prevention and university response.
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