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Performing Labour’s (Non)Futures Universal basic income and the monetary imagination

Artist/Author: Christian Riley Nagler | Reference: A0843 | Type: Article

The universal basic income idea is, overall, profoundly performative, in that it attempts to model the ultimate pragmatism of wider social nets of generosity, and does so by representing the embodied conditions that might be brought into being by such generosity. In this way, the utopian heuristic of an unconditional, guaranteed income is said to be an ‘instrument of freedom’ and a ‘device for economic sanity’. The question is though, as is often the case: freedom and sanity for whom?

Part of the Library of Performing Rights (P3041).