Precarious Work and "Middle Class" Struggles
So, the argument considere the process of insecurity and instability in the employment field and try to show the possible interconnections between: (i) discontent among the middle class strata resisting to their decline; (ii) a traditional working class / trade unionism on decommissioning; and (iii) a youth generation who is facing the blockade of their future. I will try to present some examples of social movements in Portugal / Spain on the one hand, and Brazil on the other. In the first case, the so called “Desperate Generation” (Geração à Rasca) specially the great demonstrations between 2011 and 2013, but also the impact of the changes imposed by austerity measures in the labor field until the end of the financial rescue. In the second case, the 2013 rebellions in Brazil carried the marks of an educated youth and very familiar with the cyberspace, and that, according to the criteria of income and education, belongs to the intermediate categories of social stratification, that is: middle class strata. Are the interconnections between "insecurity", expectations and the middle-class status structuring new subjectivities and forms of collective action to confront the austerity policies? Does middle class lifestyles still require the consistency of the welfare state or do they prefer to rebuilt a meritocratic society?