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The precariat: from denizens to citizens?

Standing, Guy (2012) 'The precariat: from denizens to citizens?' Polity, 44 (4). pp. 588-608.

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Abstract

Liberalized markets promoted by the Washington Consensus under globalization have resulted in a global class structure in which new groups have emerged, including a precariat consisting of millions of people subject to flexible, insecure labor relations. The precariat is a class-in-the-making, in that the global market system wants most workers to be flexible and insecure, even if it is not yet a class-for-itself, having a clear vision of what type of society it wishes to see emerge. It is not an underclass. This article traces the factors explaining its growth and considers which demographic groups have the highest probability of being in it. The essay then considers two possible political scenarios—a politics of inferno, if current negative trends are allowed to continue, and a politics of paradise, a set of policies that would be essential to arrest those negative trends.

Item Type: Articles
Keywords: globalization, globalisation, precariat, class, labor flexibility, labour flexibility, insecurity, basic income
SOAS Departments & Centres: Faculty of Law and Social Sciences > Department of Development Studies
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
ISSN: 00323497
DOI (Digital Object Identifier): 10.1057/pol.2012.15
Depositing User: Guy Standing
Date Deposited: 11 Mar 2013 12:31
URI: http://eprints.soas.ac.uk/id/eprint/15659

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