State of Insecurity

Government of the Precarious
Series: Futures
Original Publish Date: Feb 03, 2015
Product Number: EB00368076
Released: Feb 03, 2015
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781781685976
Publisher: Verso
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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.