Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
An Internet for the PeopleThe Politics and Promise of craigslist$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Jessa Lingel

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780691188904

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691188904.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM PRINCETON SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.princeton.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Princeton University Press, 2022. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in PRSO for personal use.date: 03 July 2022

Craigslist Gigs, Class Politics, and a Gentrifying Internet

Craigslist Gigs, Class Politics, and a Gentrifying Internet

(p.90) 5 Craigslist Gigs, Class Politics, and a Gentrifying Internet
An Internet for the People

Jessa Lingel

Princeton University Press

This chapter looks at the hustle to find work on craigslist. Using interviews with craigslist users recruited through the site's gigs section, the chapter puts craigslist job searching in the context of shifting norms around work, like the reliance on digital tools to find employment, and moving away from long-term careers toward a string of short-term gigs. Understanding craigslist's jobs and gigs also points to a discussion of class. Many participants saw craigslist as part of the “poor people's internet,” and described a form of stigma around the jobs found on the site. While early narratives around the internet assumed that access to digital media could overcome class divides, the class bias associated with craigslist's gigs shows how these assumptions fall flat.

Keywords:   craigslist gigs, job searching, employment, short-term gigs, craigslist's jobs, class divides, class bias, social stigma

Princeton Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.