In sociology and economics, The precariat is a social class formed by people suffering from precarity, which is a condition of existence without predictability or security, affecting material or psychological welfare.
Unlike the proletariat class of industrial workers in the 20th century who lacked their own means of production and hence sold their labour to live, members of the Precariat are only partially involved in labour and must undertake extensive “unremunerated activities that are essential if they are to retain access to jobs and to decent earnings”.
Specifically, it is the condition of lack of job security, including intermittent employment or underemployment and the resultant precarious existence.The emergence of this class has been ascribed to the entrenchment of neoliberal capitalism
I joined this new and emerging class in 2012 when I left a fairly well paid, steady, job to find something ‘more flexible’ due to changes in family circumstances. It wasn’t until a couple of years later I actually realised I’d become a member of this class or income group when I had to take an entry level job to pay the bills.
Whatever you may think of my decision-making skills, I’ll be blogging about some of my personal experiences and those of others as we negotiate the changing political and social landscapes of our post-Brexit, pre-Indyref 2 times, not to mention the emergent ‘gig’ economy in and around the UK that’s in between the takes on how (the English) language is working out formally and informally, locally, nationally, and globally . I hope you can join me for some of it.