The Precariat: New Class or Bogus Concept?

Kieran Allen

Abstract


Rather like the clothing industry, the academy has its changing fashions. The enterprising social science academic will invent a concept and market it extensively in books and peer-reviewed publications. The more citations it receives from other academics, the more successful his or her career becomes. The key strategy lies in getting ahead of the curve - hence the premium placed on neologisms, the invention of new words.


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