Guy Standing provides a very interesting cultural analysis of Globalisation and some utopian food for thought.
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.
From October 2012: Professor of Development Studies, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London
August 2006-January 2013: Professor of Economic Security, University of Bath, UK
April 2006-February 2009: Professor of Labour Economics, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia
June 1999-March 2006: Director, Socio-Economic Security Programme, International Labour Organisation, Geneva
1998-1999: Member of “Transition Team” of ILO Director-General Elect, Juan Somavia
1996-1998: Director, Special ILO Project on Global Labour Flexibility
1994-1996: Director of Labour Market Policies, Employment Department, ILO
1992-1994: Director, ILO Central and Eastern European Team, Budapest
1985-1992: Coordinator of Labour Market Research, Employment Department, ILO
1975-1985: Economist and Senior Economist, Population and Labour Policies Branch, Employment and Development Department, ILO
1973-1977: PhD in economics, University of Cambridge, UK
1972: MA in labour economics and industrial relations, University of Illinois, USA
1968-1971: BA in economics, University of Sussex, UK