The Problem with Work : Feminism, Marxism, Antiwork Politics, and Postwork Imaginaries

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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.

Details

Author(s)
Kathi Weeks
Format
Paperback | 304 pages
Dimensions
150.11 x 233.93 x 18.29mm | 421.84g
Publication date
09 Sep 2011
Publisher
Duke University Press
Publication City/Country
North Carolina, United States
Language
English
ISBN10
0822351129
ISBN13
9780822351122
Bestsellers rank
104,475