Really Open University Discussion: Class Composition And Precarity

27 Mar
It’s time for the next ROU concept meeting! 

This month the topic for discussion will focus on how our understandings of class can be understood through our collective positions as precarious workers. If we are to correctly analyse our positionalities we must interrogate the way that capital adapts to maintain its dominance. The rise and expansion of neoliberalism has led to an internalisation of capitalist values to an extent never previously seen. We suggest the idea of precarity is key to understanding the process of this internalisation.

To aid our discussions (although not essential to participation) we have suggested some reading, which can be found below. In addition, we have posted a link to a group organising around precarious work.
Some questions to consider are:

Has class composition changed recently and does this relate to previous ideas of class?
Do we believe that the concept of precarity is useful for building solidarity and
analysing our current situation?
How do we organise around this new formulation and does traditional working-class
politics still have a place?

The meeting will be in the Alternative Strategies temporary art space upstairs in the light.
Wednesday  30th March, 6.30-8.30

3 Responses to “Really Open University Discussion: Class Composition And Precarity”

  1. federico March 27, 2011 at 3:13 pm #

    where and when? thank you!

  2. reallyopenuniversity March 29, 2011 at 8:28 pm #

    The meeting will be in the Alternative Strategies temporary art space upstairs in the light.
    Wednesday 30th March, 6-8

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  1. You have not been paying attention: putting students at the heart of the system | Richard Hall's Space - December 7, 2011

    […] is missing, and this represents their functionary status, which will increasingly be driven by precarity. The dominant logic is attrition on labour rights, decreased real wages, performance-related pay, […]

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