Cities of the Precariat


The notion of the precariat as a social group living in highly uncertain conditions became very popular due to the book by Guy Standing. His description of the precariat is coloured with negative tints of anger, fear and disgust. Nassim Taleb with his theory of “black swans” expresses an opposite and additional point of view. The article draws a parallel between the current processes of precariatization and the social structure of polices in the times of late
Antiquity and Hellenism. The article proves that precariatization of the creative class, including architects, produces new challenges and new opportunities for development of the profession.


Beard, M. (2002). The Parthenon. London: Profile Books.

Lidin, K. (2018). Logos Circulation Conversion as a cyclic renewal of meanings. Project Baikal, 15 (55), 24-28. doi:10.7480/projectbaikal.55.1276

Standing, G. (2011). The Precariat – The New Dangerous Class. London: Bloomsbury.

Stiglitz, Joseph E. (2002). Globalization and Its Discontents. New York: W. W. Norton & Company.

Stiglitz, Joseph E. (2012). The Price of Inequality: How Today’s Divided Society Endangers Our Future. New York: W. W. Norton & Company.

Taleb, N. (2007). The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable. New York: Random House
How to Cite
LIDIN, Konstantin. Cities of the Precariat. project baikal, Russian Federation, n. 57, p. 70-75, sep. 2018. ISSN 2309-3072. Available at: <>. Date accessed: 16 nov. 2018.