Preserving Precariousness, Queering Debt

Isabell Lorey
2019 Recerca: Revista de Pensament i Anàlisi  
Precarisation means more than insecure jobs, more than the lack of security given by waged employment. By way of insecurity and danger it embraces the whole of existence, the body, modes of subjectivation. It is threat and coercion, even while it opens up new possibilities of living and working. Precarisation means living with the unforeseeable, with contingency. In this article I analyse how the new precarious living and working conditions and the privatisation of protection against
more » ... against precariousness are conditions of both a prospering financial capitalism and its concomitant debt economy. This economy is based on the expansion of productivity that involves less work, in the traditional sense, than subjectivation. A new subjectivity is needed to assume responsibility, to take on debt, and to internalise the risks both as guilt and as debt: a personality that is doubly indebted and responsible for oneself. Resumen La precarización significa más que empleos inseguros, más que la falta de seguridad que proporciona el empleo asalariado. A través de la inseguridad y el peligro, la precarización abarca toda la existencia, el cuerpo, los modos de subjetivación. Es una amenaza y una forma 1 El presente texto presenta una versión revisada y ampliada de varios textos publicados anteriormente por la autora y de ahí su incorporación en la sección Experiencias. This text is a revised and extended version of several texts by the author that were previously published, thus it's inclusion in the Experiences section.
doi:10.6035/recerca.2019.24.1.8 fatcat:zlkcifdbo5bwzpkfq43uvypoua