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The Precariat: The New Dangerous Class - An UNRISD Seminar

Date: 26 Sep 2011

  • Time: 12:30-14:00
  • Location: Room XXV, Palais des Nations. E Building
  • Project Title: UNRISD Seminar Series

This event has already taken place. Download the podcast of the entire seminar (104 MB). For highlights from the seminar, see video below.

UNRISD Seminar Series with Guy Standing, Professor of Economic Security, University of Bath, about his new book, The Precariat: The New Dangerous Class.

Guy Standing introduces what he calls the precariat – a growing number of people across the world living and working precariously, usually in a series of short-term jobs, without recourse to stable occupational identities or careers, stable social protection or protective regulations relevant to them.

They include migrants, but also locals. Increasingly frustrated and potentially dangerous because they have no voice, vulnerable to the siren calls of extreme political parties, the precariat could produce new instabilities in society.

How might these dangers be addressed? Standing outlines a new kind of good society, with more people actively involved in civil society and the precariat re-engaged. One way to this better society, he suggests, would be an unconditional basic income for everyone, contributed by the state, which could be topped up through earned incomes.

For more information, see the flyer below.