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conclusion of The everyday resistance
Frère, Bruno mailto [Université de Liège - ULiège > Département des sciences sociales > Sociologie des identités contemporaines >]
Jacquemain, Marc mailto [Université de Liège - ULiège > Département des sciences sociales > Sociologie des identités contemporaines >]
Palgrave MacMillan
[en] marx ; libertarian socialism ; liberalism ; utopia ; critique ; State ; capitalism ; neoliberalism
[en] The historic power of the workers’ movement, inspired by Marx, was to “name” its shared condition of existence, the substrate of the multitude of injustices of which wage-earners, principally, were victims: exploitation. The strength of this movement, which since the 19th century has made it possible to achieve so much in the social sphere, was precisely that it was fuelled by individuals driven by their shared experience to unite with a shared voice, beyond their neighbourhoods or their factories. Today, recognising shared reasons to struggle is not so simple in an extremely heterogeneous wage-earning society, which extends from the best-protected to the most precarious and encompasses a large part of the income spectrum. There is a great temptation to leave real political power in the hands of the (capitalist) institutions in order to content themselves with the modest and ordinary – but often more immediately effective – politics of the nearby. But this does not mean that the new precariat (Standing) all around the world is not active. It changes the world locally and is willing to be gathered in a new common imaginary, gathering working social movements and contemporary minorities social movements.
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