eipcp News
03 2015

New Book - Isabell Lorey: State of Insecurity. Government of the Precarious

Just published with VERSO, London

Isabell Lorey
State of Insecurity: Government of the Precarious

Translated by Aileen Derieg
Foreword by Judith Butler

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.

In State of Insecurity, Isabell Lorey develops a multi-dimensional political theory of precarisation. Against this background she 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.

148 pages, ISBN: 9781781685969
£7,99 __ €9,50 __ $9,70

“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

Isabell Lorey is member of the eipcp and co-editor of the book series transversal texts.