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

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

Part of the A John Hope Franklin Center Book series

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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.

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Duke University Press
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Feminism & feminist theory
  • ISBN: 9780822351122

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