Abstract

Guy Standing's theory of precarity fails to account for the myriad ways in which people of African descent, specifically Black Americans, experienced precarity prior to the rise of neoliberalism. This facilitates Black Americans remaining an eternal precariat class and also undermines the multiracial, progressive coalitions that could assist in solving precarity. Were Standing's theory to center those who, both historically and contemporaneously, have been most marginalized, his theory and recommended solutions would be more comprehensive. The intersectional approach of the Movement for Black Lives (M4BL), and the transformative effect it is having upon law practice, can guide us in the development of a more robust theory of precarity that produces sustainable solutions and change.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1934-1520
Print ISSN
0732-1562
Pages
pp. 94-109
Launched on MUSE
2017-10-26
Open Access
No
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