Just published with VERSO, London
Years of remodelling the welfare state 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.
“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
Isabell Lorey is member of the eipcp and co-editor of the book series transversal texts.