The Mythology of Work
How Capitalism Persists Despite Itself
Distributed for Pluto Press
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.
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