March 4, 2012 11:57 AM Subscribe
posted by hydatius (27 comments total)
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"consists of a multitude of insecure people, living bits-and-pieces lives, in and out of short-term jobs, without a narrative of occupational development, including millions of frustrated educated youth who do not like what they see before them, millions of women abused in oppressive labour, growing numbers of criminalised tagged for life, millions being categorised as ‘disabled’ and migrants in their hundreds of millions around the world".
As a term denoting those who live in precarious working conditions, on short/part-term contracts or at the peripheries of employment, the 'precariat' has been around for a couple of decades
. The notion of a new class of people, perpetually perched on the very edge of economic and social insecurity, has recently received more coverage through the work of the economist Guy Standing
. Although some have argued that his analysis is too pessimistic
, it is clear that the 'flexible' globalised labour market and the changing nature of the social contract is having an impact on people's experiences of work across the globe