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Precarity Tag

Nick Bernards argues that placing African labour in capitalism requires that we think seriously and in historical perspective about the politics of irregular forms of work. In his contribution to ROAPE’s debate on capitalism in Africa, Bernards points out that the kinds of work performed by African workers have often been key reference points in global debates about governing irregular forms of work. These debates are often shaped in powerful ways by the unfolding and contingent relationships between the state and various segments of working classes on the continent. By Nick Bernards The exploitation of ‘free’ wage labour – in Marx’s double sense of those workers ‘free’ to sell their labour to whom they choose and ‘free’ of any other means of reproducing themselves – is a core characteristic of capitalist relations of production. On more than a few readings, it is the defining trait of...

In a major rethinking of African workers in Europe Faisal Garba argues that precarity is nothing new, and must be approached as a continuation of a longstanding process, the understanding of which cannot be limited to contemporary capitalism but to the very nature of capitalism. Capitalism as the global politico-economic order is responsible for the desperation that drives migration, and the impoverishment of working class people everywhere. The experiences of the Global South, Garba argues, are spreading across Europe....