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The precariat and class struggle

Standing, Guy (2014) The precariat and class struggle. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

The world economy is in the midst of a Global Transformation that is producing a new global class structure. A new class is emerging – the precariat – characterised by chronic uncertainty and insecurity. Although the precariat is still a class­‑in­‑the­‑making, divided within itself, its elements are united in rejecting old mainstream political traditions. To become a transformative class, however, the precariat needs to move beyond the primitive rebel stage manifested in 2011 and become enough of a class­‑for­‑itself to be a power for change. This will involve a struggle for redistribution of the key assets needed for a good life in a good society in the twenty­‑first century – not the “means of production”, but socio­‑economic security, control of time, quality space, knowledge (or education), financial knowledge and financial capital.

Item Type: Monographs (Other)
Additional Information: English version of article published as "O precariado e a luta de classes", Revista Crítica de Ciências Sociais 103, Maio 2014, pp.9-24.
Keywords: class structure, economic security, precarization of labour, social welfare, world economy, precariat
SOAS Departments & Centres: Faculty of Law and Social Sciences > Department of Development Studies
Depositing User: Guy Standing
Date Deposited: 06 Jun 2014 11:02
URI: http://eprints.soas.ac.uk/id/eprint/18501

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