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The problem with work : feminism, Marxism, antiwork politics, and postwork imaginaries
- Durham : Duke University Press, 2011.
- 287 pages ; 25 cm.
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- A John Hope Franklin Center Book
- 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.
- 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.
- Identifying numbers
- LCCN: 2011021966
- OCLC: 700406682
- OCLC: 700406682