First published in 2011 The Precariat is the hugely influential first account of an emerging class of people facing insecurity, moving in and out of precarious work that gives little meaning to their lives. Standing warns that the growth of the precariat is producing instabilities in society. Its internal divisions have led to the villainization of migrants and other vulnerable groups and some are susceptible to the dangers of political extremism. Standing argues for a new politics which puts the fears and aspirations of the precariat at the heart of a progressive strategy of redistribution and income security.
The precariat is an increasingly global phenomenon, highly visible in the ongoing migrant crisis and protest movements around the world. In a new preface for the Revelations edition Guy Standing discusses recent political developments and their effect on the precariat.
Guy Standing (SOAS UK)
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Series: Bloomsbury Revelations
20 October 2016
Preface to the Revelations edition Previous edition Preface Abbreviations 1 The Precariat 2 Why the Precariat is Growing 3 Who Enters the Precariat 4 Migrants: Victims, Villains or Heroes? 5 Labour, Work and the Time Squeeze 6 A Politics of inferno 7 A Politics of Paradise Bibliography Index
Guy Standing is Professor of Development Studies, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, UK. He is the author of the sequel to The Precariat, A Precariat Charter (2014) and co-author of Basic Income (2015).
Reviews for The Precariat: The New Dangerous Class
A very important book. Noam Chomsky, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA Buy Guy Standing's book, The Precariat! Or nick/borrow it! John Harris, The Guardian This important and original book brings out the political dangers, so clear in contemporary America, of failing to address the insecurities of the Precariat. It also suggests the way forward: a reconstruction of the concept of work. Eileen Applebaum, Center for Economic and Policy Research, Washington DC, USA Guy Standing provides an incisive account of how precariousness is becoming the new normality in globalised labour markets, and offers important guidelines for all concerned to build a more just society. Richard Hyman, London School of Economics, UK