Origin of precarity
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What is precarity?
Precarity is a state of existence in which someone’s mental health or financial security is out of their control because they don’t have a regular income.
A person who cannot find regular work will have a hard time paying their bills. Equally, this could affect their mental health, causing anxiety, worry, anger, and other negative emotions. Someone in this situation is in a precarious, or uncertain, position. They are experiencing precarity.
Precarity can also be used to describe businesses and financial markets. For example, if you want to invest in a public company, but the company’s market is somewhat stagnant, your investment might be described as precarious and the market as filled with precarity.
Example: In my neighborhood, a lot of people experience precarity and are often looking for work.
Where does precarity come from?
The first records of the term precarity come from around the 1950s. It combines the term precarious, meaning “uncertain or insecure,” and the suffix -ity, which form nouns expressing a state or quality. Precarity effectively means “a state of uncertainty.”
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How is precarity used in real life?
Precarity is normally used in the specific context of financial instability.
It’s clear that one of the many crises of 2020 is how many people don’t understand colleges, universities, how they work, how they are funded, and how much precarity there is at all levels.
But when schools mass close in 2021/mass fire talented teachers, folks are gon learn.
— Chanda Prescod-Weinstein (@IBJIYONGI) March 30, 2020
I think more millennials and particularly women are turning against "hustle culture" and the constant search for traditional career validation – the inevitable result of years of burnout, layoffs and employment precarity
— amil (@amil) November 4, 2019
I’ve never really watched a tiny house show (forgive me @tressiemcphd) but is all of this just an exercise rebranding mobile/trailer homes for middle class respectability? It seems oddly like a cultural reckoning with economic precarity by rebranding it aspirationally.
— @firstname.lastname@example.org and anildash.com (@anildash) May 29, 2021
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Is precarity used correctly in the following sentence?
“Luis had a hard time finding work because the construction industry is full of precarity.”
How to use precarity in a sentence
The pandemic has illustrated the danger of primarily tying one’s employment with the ability to get health care, as job precarity and unemployment exploded as coronavirus spread last year, leaving many communities vulnerable and uninsured.Protestors in Several Dozen Cities to March for Medicare for All this Saturday|Malaika Jabali|July 22, 2021|Essence.com
With its roots in racial and gender justice history, guaranteed income is the ideal tool to combat both the racial injustice and economic precarity brought to the fore in 2020 and that we continue to see today.Most Americans Support Guaranteed Income. Here's How We Are Working as Mayors to Make It a Reality|Melvin Carter, Eric Garcetti and Michael Tubbs|July 8, 2021|Time
Above her piano, a giant screen started to swing with a slow precarity that seemed to fan the tension.Wolf Trap celebrates 50 years of arts in the wild — so what’s another rainstorm?|Michael Andor Brodeur|July 2, 2021|Washington Post
Often LGBTQ immigrants have borne the brunt of repression, and often still face more precarity than many other LGBTQ Americans.There’s no LGBTQ Pride without immigrants|Julio Capó Jr.|June 17, 2021|Washington Post
The incomes of millions living in precarity vanished in an instant, triggering an unprecedented mass migration of daily wage earners from the cities back to their villages.It Isn't Just Modi. India’s Compliant Media Must Also Take Responsibility for the COVID-19 Crisis|Debasish Roy Chowdhury|May 3, 2021|Time