Precarity and Loss

On Certain and Uncertain Properties of Life and Work

  • Tadeusz Rachwał

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. Tadeusz Rachwał
    Pages 21-49
  3. Tadeusz Rachwał
    Pages 89-104
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 115-125

About this book


The book is devoted to social and political interdependencies of life and work, the interdependencies in which the ideas of loss and deprivation are the founding incentives of the precariousness of the position and the status of the human subject. Loss of property in the economic sense, along with the loss of properties in epistemological terms have become a crucial measure of precarity through its dissociation from what Judith Butler calls “the organization and protection of bodily needs.” The book offers a proposition of multidisciplinary reading of origins and constructions of “anxiety of loss” as a constitutive trait of what may be called the “economization” (or, after Jean-Pierre Dupuy, “economystifacion”) of human condition through various discursive practices tying loss with lack, and in this way making the uncertainty of possessing certain properties into a sphere of politically controlled semi-ontological anxieties. The book also reads loss in terms of topographical disorientation and the idea of placelessness.

  1. What? Perishability and the idea of having time
  2. How? Poetically, contingently, plastically 
  3. Why? Something, nothing and (Descartes’) uncertainty
  4. Where? Places and spaces
  5. Who? We the precariat; or all together now

Target Groups
Social Philosophers, Social Theorists, Cultural Theorists

The Author
Dr. Tadeusz Rachwał is professor at the University of Social Sciences and Humanities in Warsaw, Poland.


Pracarity Social Insecurity Social structure Poverty Social Injustice

Authors and affiliations

  • Tadeusz Rachwał
    • 1
  1. 1.University of Social Sciences and HumanitiesWarsawPoland

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Fachmedien Wiesbaden 2017
  • Publisher Name Springer VS, Wiesbaden
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-3-658-13414-3
  • Online ISBN 978-3-658-13415-0
  • Series Print ISSN 2509-3266
  • Series Online ISSN 2509-3274
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