Paper $24.99 ISBN: 9781786997289 Published April 2020 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $95.00 ISBN: 9781786997272 Published April 2020 For sale in North and South America only

Work Want Work

Labour and Desire at the End of Capitalism

Mareile Pfannebecker and James A. Smith

Work Want Work

Mareile Pfannebecker and James A. Smith

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192 pages | 5 1/3 x 8 1/2
Paper $24.99 ISBN: 9781786997289 Published April 2020 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $95.00 ISBN: 9781786997272 Published April 2020 For sale in North and South America only
The idea that not working can be an active, positive, even material quality is not new. The term désœuvrement, literally “unworking” or “the absence of work,” has been examined by many thinkers, but it is it so simply achieved?  Work Want Work considers in captivating detail how a logic of work has surreptitiously integrated itself into everything we do, even as the place of formal work has become dissipated and unreliable, and even as certain utopian writers are calling for its abolishment. Through an interrogation of sociological data, political theory, legislation, the testimonies of workers and an eclectic mix of cultural texts—from Lucian Freud to Google, Anthony Giddens to selfies, Jean-Luc Nancy to Amy Winehouse—Mareile Pfannebecker and James A. Smith lay out how capitalism has put our time, our subjectivities, our experiences, and our desires to work in unprecedented ways only possible on the basis of globalized technologies. But at a time where the end of work is proclaimed from so many corners, with Silicon Valley idealists, social democratic politicians, and left-wing theorists all anticipating a fully automated future, can we really prescribe what humanity and society will look like post-work?
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