Within academia a rather romantic notion of informal work can sometimes be observed: that, for example, it provides sites of resistance to capitalism or an alternative to the market economy. While for some this is true, the paper here considers that in some instances informal economies can be exploitative in their nature. The final consideration of the major trends section is a brief exploration of how informal economies are evident in virtual economies and worlds. The paper’s second substantive section explores, in turn, the probable and preferable futures for informal work. Before its concluding section the paper also briefly considers the implications of the above discussions on education.
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