The Precariat

The Precariat

The New Dangerous Class

eBook - 2011
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"Neo-liberal policies and institutional changes have produced a huge and growing number of people with sufficiently common experiences to be called an emerging class. In this book Guy Standing introduces what he calls the Precariat - a growing number of people across the world living and working precariously, usually in a series of short-term jobs, without recourse to stable occupational identities or careers, stable social protection or protective regulations relevant to them. They include migrants, but also locals. Standing argues that this class of people could produce new instabilities in society. They are increasingly frustrated and dangerous because they have no voice, and hence they are vulnerable to the siren calls of extreme political parties. He outlines a new kind of good society, with more people actively involved in civil society and the precariat re-engaged. He goes on to consider one way to a new better society -- an unconditional basic income for everyone, contributed by the state, which could be topped up through earned incomes"--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: London ; New York, NY : Bloomsbury Academic, 2011.
ISBN: 9781849664547
Characteristics: 1 online resource (ix, 198 pages)


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Sep 23, 2018

A useful examination of a growing class of classless unemployed, underemployed and disposable segment of industrial society. Unliveable wages and no benefits. This is the reality as described by Guy Standing. He is also a proponent of a Basic Income to provide the personal security that modern capitalist society no longer deems any responsibility for. At times the language is overly verbose and difficult to follow but overall a good job of addressing an important issue. Anybody with an interest in the plight of the homeless will find this book useful.

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