SOAS University of London

Department of Development Studies

BOOK LAUNCH: A Precariat Charter: From Denizens to Citizens

A Precariat Charter Poster
Guy Standing, SOAS Professor of Development Studies

Date: 6 May 2014Time: 6:00 PM

Finishes: 6 May 2014Time: 8:00 PM

Venue: Brunei Gallery Room: Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre

Type of Event: Book Launch

Throughout history, class-based revolt has led to the creation of charters of demands, from the Magna Carta to South Africa’s Freedom Charter. It is now time for a Precariat Charter.

‘Guy Standing has elaborated a brave and imaginative program that could bring protection to the denizens of the world and save us all from the destructiveness of neoliberal capitalism.’ Michael Burawoy, University of California, Berkeley, USA 

‘This insightful and encouraging book will be welcomed not only by members of the precariat but by non-precarians on the left seeking inspiration for a new progressive programme.’ Claus Offe, Hertie School of Governance, Berlin, Germany

‘His call for ‘‘social empathy’’ in politics offers an important corrective to decades of neoliberalism, while his demand for rethinking the nature of work rightly seeks to undo centuries of damaging thought.’ Natalie Bennett, Leader of the Green Party of England and Wales

‘A graphic account of the increasing insecurity and poverty facing many people in the contemporary age, pointing to clear and workable solutions to many entrenched problems.’ Tracy Shildrick, co-author of Poverty and Insecurity: Life in Low-Pay, No-Pay Britain

‘Building on the groundwork laid by Occupy Wall Street and similar movements, this Charter is a gift to all who aspire to forge a new society in which human work has meaning and workers’ rights are fully respected.’ Ruth Milkman, City University of New York, USA

‘The only way for politicians to get ahead of the curve is to consider such ideas seriously. We must dare to give a real meaning to human rights and the concept of economic democracy in the twenty-first century.’ Laszlo Andor, European Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion

Guy Standing is Professor of Development Studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, UK, and co-president of the Basic Income Earth Network.

Organiser: Professor Guy Standing

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