Struggling with Precarity

Struggling with Precarity: From More and Better Jobs to Less and Lesser Work

OCTOBER 12, 2013 / WANDAVRA

“Precarity is a word for our time. It describes the slow disintegration of the historic bond between capitalism, democracy and the welfare state.”

“… neoliberalism, … has had as a result that a quarter of the adult population in OECD countries¹ (Guy Standing’s estimate) is now struggling with an experience of precarity that has nothing to do with freedom and everything to do depression and despair.”

 

https://thedisorderofthings.com/2013/10/12/struggling-with-precarity-from-more-and-better-jobs-to-less-and-lesser-work/

“Once a French neologism, precarity is now a household name describing in equal measure the fate of low-wage, part-time holders of bullshit jobs, seasonal and migrant workers, creative entrepreneurs of the self, “graduates with no future,” foreclosed homeowners, debtors and increasingly even segments of the salaried bourgeoisie. At its most basic, a term for the economic uncertainty and existential angst associated with the dissolution of fixed employment, precarity also suggests the disintegration of stable societal bonds, occupational identities, social protections and a sense of entitlement and belonging characteristic of the old proletariat. In short, then, precarity is the experiential dimension of the crisis of the society of work dating back to the 70s and 80s.”

[1] https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Organisation_for_Economic_Co-operation_and_Development

 

 

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