The Precariat: The New Dangerous Class (Google eBook)

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A&C Black, Feb 28, 2011 - Political Science - 208 pages
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This book presents the Precariat an emerging class, comprising the rapidly growing number of people facing lives of insecurity, moving in and out of jobs that give little meaning to their lives.

Guy Standing argues that this class is producing instabilities in society. Although it would be wrong to characterise members of the Precariat as victims, many are frustrated and angry. The Precariat is dangerous because it is internally divided, leading to the villainisation of migrants and other vulnerable groups. Lacking agency, its members may be susceptible to the siren calls of political extremism.
To prevent a politics of inferno , Guy Standing argues for a politics of paradise , in which redistribution and income security are reconfi gured in a new kind of Good Society, and in which the fears and aspirations of the Precariat are made central to a progressive strategy.

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Review: The Precariat: The New Dangerous Class

User Review  - Jane Walker - Goodreads

This is an excellent analysis of what has happened to those on the bottom rung of the social ladder, and will be recognisable to anyone caught up in unemployment or under-employment. There are no ... Read full review

Review: The Precariat: The New Dangerous Class

User Review  - Ronit pussy- Hemilton - Goodreads

The importance of the book does not lie in the class analysis that its offers. I doubt whether all those groups that consist the Precariat. and have a multiple and different class positions , can ... Read full review


1 The Precariat
2 Why the Precariat Is Growing
3 Who Enters the Precariat?
Victims Villains or Heroes?
5 Labour Work and the Time Squeeze
6 A Politics of Inferno
7 A Politics of Paradise

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Guy Standing is Professor of Development Studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, UK. He has previously been Professor of Economic Security at the University of Bath, UK, Professor of Labour Economics at Monash University, Australia and Director of the Socio-Economic Security Programme of the International Labour Organization. He is co-president of the Basic Income Earth Network. His recent books include Work after Globalization: Building Occupational Citizenship (2009) and Beyond the New Paternalism: Basic Security as Equality (2002).

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