The Re-composition of Class Relations: Neoliberalism, Precariousness, Youth and Education

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The starting point for the chapter is a critique of meritocracy. Whilst many leftist analyses seek to critique and move beyond meritocracy by implicating social structures in the reproduction of inequality, this can lead to a re-shuffling of social positions rather than a fundamental transformation of social relations. The chapter locates the argument within a context of financialisation of capital, lodged under the sway of neo-liberalism. It addresses the re-composition of class through a consideration of youth, labour and precariousness, whereby class relations are being restructured. The result is that formerly more privileged sections of the youth labour market encounter increased insecurity and precariousness.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEducation and Working-Class Youth
Subtitle of host publicationReshaping the Politics of Inclusion
EditorsRobin Simmons, John Smyth
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages23
ISBN (Electronic)9783319906713
ISBN (Print)9783319906706
Publication statusPublished - 26 May 2018


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