Precarity and Potential

Precarity is the defining condition of existence under neoliberalism, though it is experienced unequally by race, gender, and occupation. As an ambient anxiety, it performs a function of social engineering: pushing people into or away from occupations in an attempt to manage risk that has been wholly individualized. This collection of short essays explores both the devastating effects of precarity and the forms of culture that emerge from collective organization within it.

These essays are part of “Beyond Survival: Public Support for the Arts and Humanities,” a call for reflections on and provocation about the precarious state of arts funding after decades of neoliberal economics and the long culture wars.

Return to the project overview and introduction by Sarah Kanouse here.