Is there a new ‘transformative’ class?
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We close of the 2022 Reading Club, and the final section on ‘Neo-Feudalism’, by discussing how class is changing. Through readings by Guy Standing and Ruy Braga, we ask if the precariat are the new serfs in a supposed feudal-ish social formation.
It’s clear the old Fordist arrangements have broken down, so what does the working class look like today? Is it still a class in the old sense? Braga argues we are witnessing ‘class struggle without class’. But why then do the precariat’s revolts only target state political authority, and not property relations?
- A return of class struggle without class? Moral economy and popular resistance in Brasil, south Africa and Portugal, Ruy Braga, Sociologia & Antropologia
- The Precariat: Today’s Transformative Class?, Guy Standing, GTI