Work Want Work: Labour and Desire at the End of Capitalism (Hardcover)

Work Want Work: Labour and Desire at the End of Capitalism By Mareile Pfannebecker, James A. Smith Cover Image

Work Want Work: Labour and Desire at the End of Capitalism (Hardcover)

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The idea that not working can be an active, positive, even material quality is not new. The term désœuvrement, literally “unworking” or “the absence of work,” has been examined by many thinkers, but it is it so simply achieved?  Work Want Work considers in captivating detail how a logic of work has surreptitiously integrated itself into everything we do, even as the place of formal work has become dissipated and unreliable, and even as certain utopian writers are calling for its abolishment. Through an interrogation of sociological data, political theory, legislation, the testimonies of workers and an eclectic mix of cultural texts—from Lucian Freud to Google, Anthony Giddens to selfies, Jean-Luc Nancy to Amy Winehouse—Mareile Pfannebecker and James A. Smith lay out how capitalism has put our time, our subjectivities, our experiences, and our desires to work in unprecedented ways only possible on the basis of globalized technologies. But at a time where the end of work is proclaimed from so many corners, with Silicon Valley idealists, social democratic politicians, and left-wing theorists all anticipating a fully automated future, can we really prescribe what humanity and society will look like post-work?
Mareile Pfannebecker is a research associate in critical theory and early modern literature at Strathclyde University.

James A. Smith is a lecturer in the English department at Royal Holloway, University of London.

Product Details ISBN: 9781786997272
ISBN-10: 1786997274
Publisher: Zed Books
Publication Date: April 4th, 2020
Pages: 192