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- n. People suffering from precarity, especially as a social class; people living a precarious existence, without security or predictability, especially job security.
Village Voice headlined "A Sleeping Class: Young Americans Fight for Every Cause But Their Own." book, my beat was the economic headwinds young people are facing: mounting student loans, credit card debt, unemployment, unpaid internships or short-term, part-time, no-benefits jobs that have them joining a new "precariat."
The planetary precariat -- illegal immigrants, temporary and informal workers, insecure indebted citizens in neoliberal post-welfare states, dwellers in peri-urban slums and refugee camps are profoundly limited in their capacity to engage in acts of consent.
"I have silently supported the movement of “precariat workers” [whose jobs are poorly paid, insecure and unprotected].