The precariat: why it is today's dangerous class

Presented by ANU College of Asia & the Pacific

Globalisation, the neo-liberal economic model that has underpinned it, and an ongoing technological revolution have generated a global class structure superimposed on national class structures.

Growing rapidly in most countries, including Australia, this structure includes the mass class of the precariat.

A class-in-the-making, it is alienated from mainstream political establishments; it is the new dangerous class.

The precariat differs fundamentally from the proletariat, having distinctive relations of production, distribution and relations to the state.

Drawing on his trilogy of recent books, in this seminar Professor Standing will reflect on the breakdown of the 20th century income distribution system and also consider what a Precariat Charter for the dangerous class would look like in 2015, the year of the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta.