Precariat – a new social class

Precariat – a new social class

Toshchenko Zh.T.

Corresponding member of Russian Academy of Sciences, Scientific Director of the Sociological Faculty of Russian State Humanitarian University, Chief Researcher, Institute of Sociology of the Federal Center of Theoretical and Applied Sociology of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russia

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Toshchenko Zh.T. Precariat – a new social class. Sotsiologicheskie issledovaniya [Sociological Studies]. 2015. No 6. P. 3-13


The paper offers explanations of reasons for emergence of a new social class – precariat. Its structure and main characteristics are given. Ripening of the ideas of precariat is shown within scientific thinking, in international and Russian social practice. Comparison is drawn with other social groupings. Specifics of the class are revealed including its place and role in contemporary labor partition, its position in the labor market, first sprouts of its consciousness as a ‘class for itself’; social impact of pecariat’s emergence and functioning are discussed.

society; classes; precariat; proletariat; labor market; employment
Content No 6, 2015