Roundtable

Debating the Precariat


An exchange prompted by the essay The Precariat: Today's Transformative Class?


A headshot of Bill Fletcher
Bill Fletcher
Taking a long view of precariousness as an inherent feature of capitalism can shed light on the contemporary debate on “the precariat.”
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A headshot of Nancy Folbre
Nancy Folbre
The focus on “the precariat” is useful but limited: the fight over distribution isn’t just between labor and capital.
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A headshot of Azfar Khan
Azfar Khan
A universal basic income is key to delivering security and autonomy to people in a precarious world.
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A headshot of Alexandra Köves
Alexandra Köves
Beyond policies like a universal basic income, a transition to a equitable and sustainable society requires the redefinition of well-being, needs, and work itself.
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A headshot of George Liodakis
George Liodakis
There is no “precariat,” per se—the working class as-a-whole remains the necessary agent for transformation.
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A headshot of Ronaldo Munck
Ronaldo Munck
Work in the Global South has always been precarious, but the resurgence of global labor organizing offers a way forward.
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A headshot of William I. Robinson
William I. Robinson
The “precariat,” rather than a new class, is part of the global proletariat, on whose struggle with transnational capital our fate depends.
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A headshot of Pritam Singh
Pritam Singh
A basic income alone is not transformative, but a feature of a broader ecosocialist vision of dismantling capitalism.
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A headshot of Eva-Maria Swidler
Eva-Maria Swidler
Workers in the Global North have a lot to learn from the past struggles of workers in the Global South (as well as in their own countries).
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Alison Tate and Evelyn Astor
Labor unions must continue to play an important role in the fight for economic justice and against precariousness.
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Author's Response
Guy Standing addresses points raised by the contributors to this roundtable. Read

 


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