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The precariat and class struggle

Standing, Guy (2015) 'The precariat and class struggle.' RCCS Annual Review, 7. pp. 3-16.

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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: Articles
Keywords: precariat, class, globalization, globalisation, inequality, labour market, labor market
SOAS Departments & Centres: Faculty of Law and Social Sciences > Department of Development Studies
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
ISSN: 16473175
DOI (Digital Object Identifier): 10.4000/rccsar.585
Depositing User: Guy Standing
Date Deposited: 18 Sep 2016 14:07
URI: http://eprints.soas.ac.uk/id/eprint/23030

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