Graduation Year


Document Type

Campus Only Senior Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


American Studies

Reader 1

Wendy Cheng

Reader 2

Thomas Kim

Rights Information

© 2021 Tyler E Benedict


This thesis looks at the gig economy as an example of a larger pattern of destandardization of work across the U.S. It takes a deep dive into the case of Amazon Flex, a smartphone application that connects drivers with gigs to deliver packages for Amazon. Looking at Reddit posts from the subreddit r/AmazonFlexDrivers, I make a case for a future of work that doesn’t leave gig workers in the same precarious and insecure situations they are in now.

This thesis is restricted to the Claremont Colleges current faculty, students, and staff.