Fake it until you make it: prefigurative practices and the extrospection of precarity

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Graziano, V. 2017. Fake it until you make it: prefigurative practices and the extrospection of precarity. in: Armano, E., Bove, A. and Murgia, A. (ed.) Mapping Precariousness, Labour Insecurity and Uncertain Livelihoods: Subjectivities and Resistance UK Routledge. pp. 157-169
Chapter titleFake it until you make it: prefigurative practices and the extrospection of precarity
AuthorsGraziano, V.
Abstract

After twenty years of struggles around precarity, the question of whether this category can produce a collective subjectivity capable of political action remains open. This essay wants to propose a reflection around this apparent stalling in the processes of composition of a broad precarious political class, considering specifically the allure of finding individual satisfaction through work as one of the most pressing challenges in this respect. The imaginal politics of Underearners Anonymous is here examined as an example of the growing number of situations in which work is a symbolic performative spectacle of the self (such as practice firms, where people pretend to be working in fake offices), and contrasted with other 'confessional' tactics mobilised by autonomous groups such as the Radical Education Forum.

LanguageEnglish
Page range157-169
Book titleMapping Precariousness, Labour Insecurity and Uncertain Livelihoods: Subjectivities and Resistance
EditorsArmano, E., Bove, A. and Murgia, A.
PublisherRoutledge
Place of publicationUK
ISBN
Hardcover9781472471567
Electronic9781315593838
Paperback9780367218744
Publication dates
Print07 Apr 2017
Online14 Apr 2017
Publication process dates
Deposited23 Mar 2016
SubmittedNov 2015
Output statusPublished
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Web address (URL)https://www.routledge.com/9780367218744
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.4324/9781315593838-15
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