Paper $30.00 ISBN: 9780745334868 Published June 2015 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
Cloth $100.00 ISBN: 9780745334875 Published June 2015 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada

The Mythology of Work

How Capitalism Persists Despite Itself

Peter Fleming

The Mythology of Work

Peter Fleming

Distributed for Pluto Press

240 pages | 5 1/4 x 8 1/2 | © 2015
Paper $30.00 ISBN: 9780745334868 Published June 2015 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
Cloth $100.00 ISBN: 9780745334875 Published June 2015 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
Once, work was inextricably linked to survival and self-preservation: the farmer ploughed his land so that his family could eat. In contrast, today work has slowly morphed into a painful and meaningless ritual for many, colonizing almost every part of our day, endless and inescapable.
            In The Mythology of Work, Peter Fleming examines how neoliberal society uses the ritual of work—and the threat of its denial—to maintain the late capitalist class order. Work becomes a universal reference point, devoid of any moral or political worth, transforming our society into a factory that never sleeps. Blending critical theory with recent accounts of job-related suicides, office-induced paranoia, fear of relaxation, managerial sadism, and cynical corporate social responsibility campaigns, Fleming paints a bleak picture of a society in which economic and emotional disasters greatly outweigh any professed benefits.
Contents

Introduction: Once Upon a Time, Man Invented Work ….
1: The Factory That Never Sleeps
2: Planet of Work
3: What is Managerialism?
4: Viral Capitalism in the Bedroom
5: Corporate Ideology as False Truth Telling
6: Critique of Dialogical Reason
Conclusion: Inoperative Critique and the End of Work
References
Index

Review Quotes
Richard Wolff, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
“Fleming's analyses of work critically confront today’s capitalism, now well into its shift from old centers (western Europe, north America and Japan) to new, lower-wage centers (Asia, Latin America, Africa, etc.). The resulting precariousness, scarcity, and mindlessness of work imposed on the old centers is being covered with an ideological fetishization of work that this book well deconstructs.”
Stefano Harney, Singapore Management University
“Professor Fleming has established himself as the foremost critic of our generation on the pervasive and pernicious ideologies of business and management. In this, his latest contribution, he dismantles the work ethic and the compulsion of work that plagues all workers, waged and unwaged.  This is a clarion call to action against the forces of work that would try to regulate and profit from our collective self-organization.”
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