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

Graziano, Valeria (2017) Fake it until you make it: prefigurative practices and the extrospection of precarity. In: Mapping Precariousness, Labour Insecurity and Uncertain Livelihoods: Subjectivities and Resistance. Taylor & Francis Group, UK. ISBN 1472471563, 9781472471567 (Accepted/In press)

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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.

Item Type: Book Section
Research Areas: A. > School of Art and Design > Visual Arts
Item ID: 19050
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Depositing User: Valeria Graziano
Date Deposited: 23 Mar 2016 10:53
Last Modified: 18 Apr 2019 04:30
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/19050

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