precarity – precariousness

hm .. originally related to the former post and to find some more clearing aspects around the term ‘precarious’ I just had to realize that there already readers to be published around the theme intending the same on more profound level: metamute has just put together a specific reader on ‘precarious’ compiling two former issues. … the general introduction reads alike:

The idea of transversal social unity in shared precariousness is closely linked to the insight that ‘all life is work’, in the sense that value is transformed from labour into capital right across the social field, not just in jobs. But ‘all life is work’ doesn’t mean all work is the same.

The attempt is to view the now often used terminology from different angles and especially Angela Mitropoulos’ article ‘Precari-us?’ might help to grasp some idea of usage or misusage, which eventually just relates to the inherent ambivalence of the yet almost unfixed … (my interpretation as I follow her turn around the term):

… As a noun, ‘precariousness’ is both more unwieldy and indeterminate than most. If it is possible to say anything for certain about precariousness, it is that it teeters. This is to begin by emphasising some of the tensions that shadow much of the discussion about precarious labour. Some of those tensions can be located under various, provisional headings which bracket the oscillation between regulation and deregulation, organisation and dissemination, homogenous and concrete time, work and life. …
[continuing on:]
…Yet, capitalism is perpetually in crisis. Capital is precarious, and normally so. Stability here has always entailed formalising relative advantages between workers, either displacing crises onto the less privileged, or deferring the effects of those crises through debt. …
[to:]
…. precarity might well have us teetering, it might even do so evocatively, for better and often worse, praying for guarantees and, at times, shields that often turn out to be fortresses. But it is yet to dispense with, for all its normative expressions, a relationship to the adjective: to movement, however uncertain. ‘Precarious’ is as much a description of patterns of worktime as it is the description, experience, hopes and fears of a faltering movement ­ in more senses than one, and possibly since encountering the limits of the anti-summit protests. …

.. approaches on various levels tried to approach the terminology …
definition via European Cross-National Research And Policy

I think ‘precarity’ here is referring to short-term contracts and agency work, with no proper stability and continuity of the employment relationship or stability of income; poor quality of working conditions; no access to social protection through the employment relationship.

via mayday

Precarity is the most widespread condition of labour and life in Europe today. It affects everyone, everyday, in every part of life: whether chosen or imposed, precarity is a generalised condition experienced by the majority of people.

.. and nice inventive enterprises like yomango (translates to: I steal) … because you cant buy happiness

Precarious people are now the corner-stone of the wealth production process. Notwithstanding this, we are invisible and count for nothing in the traditional forms of social and political representation or in the European agenda.
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