chapter  10
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The two endings of the precarious movement

ByDimitris Papadopoulos

This chapter mentions that the precarious movement embodied a cry against precarity and a vision for a better life outside the instituted social provision and the Fordist labour arrangement. Biofinancialisation, or rather the realisation of its unstoppable pervasiveness, put a halt to the possibility of freedom and justice that was so crucial for the success of the precarious movement. The effect of biofinancialisation is that it created the ground for a new phase of expansion and that along with the culture of valuation it created a tool for managing the conflicts that traverse embodied value production. The movement that created the 2000–2008 cycle of struggles was not theoretically, practically and organisationally prepared for the kind of conflict. This was the first ending of the precarious movement that saw precarity as both its main target and a source of imagination and freedom. The close contact of the precarious to instituted power in 2015 signalled the second ending of the precarious movement.