"The dramatic precarization in countries of southern Europe, such as Greece and Portugal, offers a powerful example of the formation of new peripheries," says Martina Sproll, a researcher at Freie Universität Berlin's Institute for Latin American Studies and one of the organizers of the workshop. These processes can no longer be explained by concepts such as structural heterogeneity, formality vs. informality, or overly simple conceptions of center/(semi-)periphery. Current modes of transnationalization of capitalist accumulation and regulation seem to have developed complex forms of in- and exclusion on different levels which still need to be further investigated.
The workshop participants will primarily address basic issues, such as
- What is new in the current precarization processes?
- What forms of precarization can be detected and classified?
- Is precarization an overarching tendency in different regions of the world?
- What are the common features, and what are possible explanations for differences and commonalities?
- What is the role of the state?
- What kind of changes in social structures and social inequalities can be identified?