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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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A very important book. --Noam Chomsky
One of 2011's most insightful books. --John Harris, the Guardian
This is an important book. --Citizen's Income Newsletter
Guy Standing is Professor of Economic Security at the University of Bath. He was previoiusly 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).
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