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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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The problem with work
feminism, Marxism, antiwork politics, and postwork imaginaries
Kathi Weeks

Published 2011 by Duke University Press in Durham .
Written in English.

Edition Notes

"A John Hope Franklin Center Book."

Includes bibliographical references (p. [235]-273) and index.


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HD4904 .W37 2011

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287 p. ;
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9780822350965, 9780822351122
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