Book , Print in English

The problem with work : feminism, Marxism, antiwork politics, and postwork imaginaries

Kathi Weeks.
  • Durham : Duke University Press, 2011.
  • 287 pages ; 25 cm.
Subjects
Series
  • A John Hope Franklin Center Book
Summary
  • In The Problem with Work, Kathi Weeks boldly challenges the presupposition that work, or waged labor, is inherently a social and political good. While progressive political movements, including the Marxist and feminist movements, have fought for equal pay, better work conditions, and the recognition of unpaid work as a valued form of labor, even they have tended to accept work as a naturalized or inevitable activity. Weeks argues that in taking work as a given, we have "depoliticized" it, or removed it from the realm of political critique. Employment is now largely privatized, and work-based activism in the United States has atrophied. We have accepted waged work as the primary mechanism for income distribution, as an ethical obligation, and as a means of defining ourselves and others as social and political subjects. Taking up Marxist and feminist critiques, Weeks proposes a postwork society that would allow people to be productive and creative rather than relentlessly bound to the employment relation. Work, she contends, is a legitimate, even crucial, subject for political theory. --- Book Description.
Contents
  • Mapping the work ethic
  • Marxism, productivism, and the refusal of work
  • Working demands : from wages for housework to basic income
  • "Hours for what we will": work, family, and the demand for shorter hours
  • The future is now: utopian demands and the temporalities
  • Of hope
  • Epilogue: a life beyond work.
Other information
  • "A John Hope Franklin Center Book."
  • Includes bibliographical references (pages 235-273) and index.
ISBN
  • 9780822350965
  • 0822350963
  • 9780822351122
  • 0822351129
Identifying numbers
  • LCCN: 2011021966
  • OCLC: 700406682
  • OCLC: 700406682