The Precariat: The New Dangerous Class

Working-Class Perspectives

Across the world, more and more people realize they are in the precariat – or may be soon – and that they are not alone. That is bringing a change of mood, from being defeated and dispirited to being defiant and demanding. Old sociologists may be bewildered, but precariat groups are moving from mass occupations to political re-engagement. They know there is no unified working class and do not want to go back in search of a phoney unity. We need an alternative progressive future, forged for and by the precariat.

Most fundamentally, the 20th century income distribution system has collapsed. The share of income going to profits has rocketed and will continue to rise, the share going to rent will rise even more. Real wages will continue to stagnate.

In pursuit of competitiveness, governments have implemented policies of labor flexibility, making labor more insecure, leaving millions without health…

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La Corrala 2017

I wrote a proposal for this space in my street (which belongs to the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid) and contains a museum of Popular Culture. I had a meeting with them yesterday and it looks like this might actually happen next year. The site specific installation is not possible but I am really pleased with the way they will let me hang the work. The smaller drawings and paintings will be on the smaller walls.

But I can hang the fabric hangings between the columns on poles so they can be seen both sides. This I find really exciting as did the representatives of the university. They will be seen from both sides and look more like the sheets in the patio which is what I originally wanted.

Now I have 2 months free of teaching commitment and I need to use this very wisely. Some short breaks and a making/ reading routine. I need to push the work on a lot before September when I will be juggling again. Feeling  very pleased as I start the summer as I have a pile of books and a list of tasks. I will work mornings and evenings (with the odd evening off) as the afternoon is too hot. Depending how long I sleep in the afternoon I can work til quite late. I might also have some paid examining work next week (Enquiries Upon Results) which would be great. My starting points are:

  • make the kits for @laborolove
  • tools of the trade (drawings of objects used for work / not work)
  • La Corrala
  • Use found furniture to experiment with the screens etc possibly bring the idea of the domestic into the work

Maybe something more personal and research Barnsley too as if we have our exhibition there I should react to it and I have never been (closest I have got is Sheffield I think).

Today I leave for a few days in the South and I shall organise and read a bit then back to the studio. I am quite excited !

The ‘corralas’ were where many people in my neighbourhood lived when they moved from the countryside to work in the factories, especially the cigarette factory and the slaughterhouse. People lived in the flats above which looked out onto a patio where people hung their washing. Below there were small businesses such as carpenters and horses. They are known for giving a sense of community for those who had left the villages. They were also small and crowded and many were glad to move out to larger apartments further from the center when new barrios were built.