State of Insecurity: Government of the Precarious (Futures) (Paperback)

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By Isabell Lorey, Judith Butler (Foreword by), Aileen Derieg (Translated by)
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Years of remodelling the welfare state, the rise of technology, and the growing power of neoliberal government apparatuses have established a society of the precarious. In this new reality, productivity is no longer just a matter of labour, but affects the formation of the self, blurring the division between personal and professional lives. Encouraged to believe ourselves flexible and autonomous, we experience a creeping isolation that has both social and political impacts, and serves the purposes of capital accumulation and social control.

In State of Insecurity, Isabell Lorey explores the possibilities for organization and resistance under the contemporary status quo, and anticipates the emergence of a new and disobedient self-government of the precarious.

About the Author

Isabell Lorey is a Political Theorist at the European Institute of Progressive Cultural Policies in Berlin and teaches Social Science, Cultural and Gender studies at several universities in Europe.

Praise For…

“A welcome short companion to critical debates on precarity, precariousness and precarization … Its first immediate value is that of bringing to anglophone audiences a collection of short and incisive texts that offer valuable insights into both critical debates and political practice on precarity, particularly around European networks and platforms.”

“Lorey impresses with the scope and depth of her engagement with the concept of precariousness and the strength of her argument.”

“The important contribution of this thoughtful work is to let us understand finally that precarity is not a passing or episodic condition, but a new form of regulation that distinguishes this historical time.”
—Judith Butler, from the foreword
Product Details
ISBN: 9781781685969
ISBN-10: 1781685967
Publisher: Verso
Publication Date: February 3rd, 2015
Pages: 148
Language: English
Series: Futures