SOAS University of London

Department of Development Studies

The Precariat: The New Dangerous Class

The Precariat
Guy Standing

Date: 21 March 2012Time: 7:00 PM

Finishes: 21 March 2012Time: 9:00 PM

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings Room: Khalili Lecture Theatre

Type of Event: Talk

The Precariat is a new class, comprising the growing number of people facing lives of insecurity, doing work without a past or future. Their lack of belonging and identity means inadequate access to social and economic rights. Why is this new class growing, what political dangers does it represent and how might these be addressed?

Guy Standing is Professor of Economic Security at the University of Bath. He was previously Professor of Labour Economics at Monash University and before that 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).

Praise for 'The Precariat':

A very important book - Noam Chomsky

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, Centre for Economic and Policy Research, Washington D.C, 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

This is a lucid and valuable analysis of the new composition of globalized labour markets, in which precariousness is generalized and structural. It shows how only a progressive political vision, founded on the idea of basic income, can halt the drift towards regressive and dangerous forms of civil society - Andrea Fumagalli, University of Pavia, Italy

Over 90% of workers in India are informal, poorly paid, without any economic security. Guy Standing combines vision with practicality in outlining policies that are urgently needed to provide security to workers such as these around the world - Renana Jhabvala, Self-Employed Women’s Association of India