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Understanding the precariat through labour and work

Standing, Guy (2014) 'Understanding the precariat through labour and work.' Development and Change, 45 (5). pp. 963-980.

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Abstract

This article sets out a framework for analysing the globalizing labour process, arguing that the old dualisms of ‘capital’ versus ‘labour’ and ‘formal sector’ versus ‘informal sector’ are inadequate and unhelpful. It begins by making conceptual distinctions between work and labour and between labour and labour power, and goes on to identify a globalizing class structure in which a ‘precariat’ is emerging as a potentially transformative new mass class. Denied so-called ‘labour rights’ and social entitlements that went with twentieth century industrial citizenship, the growing precariat needs new systems of regulation, social protection and redistribution. These should be based on work and occupation rather than subordinated labour, will require new forms of collective action and representation, and should seek to redistribute the key assets of twenty-first century tertiary societies, including income security, control of time, financial capital and the commons.

Item Type: Articles
Keywords: precariat, labour, labor, work, globalization, class, citizenship
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
ISSN: 14677660
Copyright Statement: PDF available only to subscribers or on request from author.
DOI (Digital Object Identifier): 10.1111/dech.12120
Depositing User: Guy Standing
Date Deposited: 22 Sep 2014 10:23
URI: http://eprints.soas.ac.uk/id/eprint/19020

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