By Kathi Weeks

In The challenge with Work, Kathi Weeks boldly demanding situations the presupposition that paintings, or waged exertions, is inherently a social and political solid. whereas revolutionary political routine, together with the Marxist and feminist events, have fought for equivalent pay, higher paintings stipulations, and the popularity of unpaid paintings as a valued type of hard work, even they've got tended to just accept paintings as a naturalized or inevitable task.

Weeks argues that during taking paintings as a given, we have now “depoliticized” it, or got rid of it from the world of political critique. Employment is now principally privatized, and work-based activism within the usa has atrophied. we've got permitted waged paintings because the basic mechanism for source of revenue distribution, as a moral legal responsibility, and as a way of defining ourselves and others as social and political matters.

Taking up Marxist and feminist evaluations, Weeks proposes a postwork society that might permit humans to be efficient and inventive instead of relentlessly absolute to the employment relation. paintings, she contends, is a sound, even the most important, topic for political theory.

Listen to Weeks speak about The challenge with Work at the KPFA (Berkeley, CA) exhibit Against the Grain

Show description

Read or Download The Problem with Work: Feminism, Marxism, Antiwork Politics, and Postwork Imaginaries PDF

Similar political theory books

The Making of Marx's 'Capital', Volume 1

Pdf notice: this can be retail pdf from EBSCO that has reflowed textual content, so it doesn't reproduce the particular booklet structure. Vector, totally searchable, bookmarked, and pdf pagination corresponds to actual ebook pagination.

Rosdolsky's Making of Marx's 'Capital" is a huge paintings of interpretation and feedback, written over fifteen years by way of one of many most appropriate representatives of the eu marxist culture. Rosdolsky investigates the connection among quite a few models of Capital and explains the explanations for Marx's successive reworkings; he offers a textual exegesis of Marx's Grundrisse, now generally on hand, and divulges its methodological riches. He provides a critique of later paintings within the marxist culture at the foundation of Marx's primary contrast among 'capital in general' and 'capital in concrete fact. ' The Making of Marx's Capital' was once first released in 1968 as Zur Enstehungsgeschichte des Marx'schen 'Kapital". 'The unmarried top exegesis on Marx's Capital that i've got ever learn . .. the tone is company, thoroughly undogmatic and beautifully lucid. ' Robert Heilbroner, manhattan assessment of Books

The Making of Marx's 'Capital', Volume 2

Pdf be aware: this is often retail pdf from EBSCO that has reflowed textual content, so it doesn't reproduce the particular booklet structure. Vector, absolutely searchable, bookmarked, and pdf pagination corresponds to actual booklet pagination.

Rosdolsky's Making of Marx's 'Capital" is an enormous paintings of interpretation and feedback, written over fifteen years through one of many premier representatives of the eu marxist culture. Rosdolsky investigates the connection among numerous types of Capital and explains the explanations for Marx's successive reworkings; he offers a textual exegesis of Marx's Grundrisse, now commonly on hand, and divulges its methodological riches. He provides a critique of later paintings within the marxist culture at the foundation of Marx's primary contrast among 'capital in general' and 'capital in concrete fact. ' The Making of Marx's Capital' used to be first released in 1968 as Zur Enstehungsgeschichte des Marx'schen 'Kapital". 'The unmarried most sensible exegesis on Marx's Capital that i've got ever learn . .. the tone is company, thoroughly undogmatic and beautifully lucid. ' Robert Heilbroner, long island assessment of Books

The Dilemmas of American Conservatism

Kenneth L. Deutsch, Ethan Fishman (eds. )

In the second one 1/2 the 20th century, American conservatism emerged from the shadow of recent Deal liberalism and constructed right into a move exerting substantial impact at the formula and execution of public coverage within the usa. in the course of that interval, the political philosophers who supplied the highbrow foundations for the yank conservative stream have been John H. Hallowell, Eric Voegelin, Leo Strauss, Richard Weaver, Russell Kirk, Robert Nisbet, John Courtney Murray, Friedrich Hayek, and Willmoore Kendall.

By delivering a complete research in their concepts and ideology, The Dilemmas of yankee Conservatism either illuminates the yankee conservative mind's eye and divulges its so much critical contradictions. The contributing authors query no matter if a middle set of conservative rules may be made up our minds in keeping with the often diverging views of those key philosophers.

Reviews:

""The Dilemmas of yank Conservatism does whatever no different e-book does: it bridges the distance among the philosophical articulation of conservatism and the chronicling of the advance of conservatism as a self-conscious political move. " -- Daniel J. Mahoney, writer of Bertrand de Jouvenel: The Conservative Liberal and the Illusions of Modernity" --

"Would that I had considered enhancing this striking publication, which advantages the eye of all considerate scholars of yankee political inspiration. between edited works on conservatism The Dilemmas of Conservatism is a travel de strength. In either intensity and breadth it's an excellent contribution to the literature, worthwhile of scholarly awareness and school room use. -- Charles W. Dunn, writer of the iconic Reagan" --

""The sleek conservative flow could appear incoherent accurately since it is incoherent. The circulation didn't develop out of a unmarried sacred textual content or a from the brain of a demogogue or thinker. really, conservatism has been encouraged through the concept of diverse thinkers, either old and sleek. Deutsch and Fishman have performed an admirable provider by way of bringing jointly scholarly and accessable essays on 9 of an important conservative political thinkers of the 20 th century.

By concentrating on the foundational thinkers instead of the short-term political debates, Deutsch and Fishman have performed us a good carrier in supporting us make feel of the trendy conservative movement.

Lost within the prattle of coverage wonks and the heated rhetoric of speak radio is a deep and considerate conservatism exemplified by means of the 9 political thinkers the following profiled. The Dilemmas of yankee Conservatism is vital interpreting for a person trying to come to grips with how we acquired the place we are.

The ideologues have come to dominate a lot of what passes for conservatism this day, yet Deutsch and Fishman render a very good provider in reminding us of the giants who supplied the highbrow basis for what turned the circulation that modified the United States. " -- Gary L. Gregg, Professor of Political technology, college of Louisville" --

""Highly Recommended"--Choice" --

Contents:

Introduction 1
Contents
Ethan Fishman and Kenneth L. Deutsch
The Classical Realism of John H. Hallowell 9
Ethan Fishman
Eric Voegelin and American Conservatism 29
James L. Wiser
Leo Strauss’s pleasant feedback of yankee Liberal Democracy: Neoconservative or Aristocratic Liberal? 47
Kenneth L. Deutsch
The Relation of mind and should within the considered Richard Weaver 63
Robert A. Preston
Robert Nisbet and the Conservative highbrow culture 77
Brad Lowell Stone
F. A. Hayek: a guy of degree 151
Linda C. Raeder
Willmoore Kendall, guy of the folk 175
Daniel McCarthy
List of individuals 203 Index 205
97 Russell Kirk: Traditionalist Conservatism in a Postmodern Age 125
John Courtney Murray as Catholic, American Conservative
Peter Augustine Lawler Gerald J. Russello

Weimar Thought: A Contested Legacy

In the course of its brief lifespan, the Weimar Republic (1918-33) witnessed an unheard of flowering of achievements in lots of parts, together with psychology, political conception, physics, philosophy, literary and cultural feedback, and the humanities. major intellectuals, students, and critics--such as Hannah Arendt, Walter Benjamin, Ernst Bloch, Bertolt Brecht, and Martin Heidegger--emerged in this time to turn into the key thinkers of the 20th century.

Extra resources for The Problem with Work: Feminism, Marxism, Antiwork Politics, and Postwork Imaginaries

Sample text

While the ascetic ethos of work lives on in the spirit of capitalism, as the ‘‘ghost of dead religious beliefs’’ (Weber 1958, 182) its existence and e√ects are now far more mysterious, a haunting that is at once palpably present and strangely elusive. Weber’s analysis is attentive to several points of instability on which my reflections on the ethic’s later manifestations will build. As we trace its later iterations under the Fordist and post-Fordist periods of US history, we see that some of its elements remain constant while others shift.

Indeed, the two analyses mirror one another, with the role of consent and coercion reversed: in one, the proletariat must first be forced into the wage relation before its consent mapping the work ethic 39 can be manufactured; in the other, consent to work must be won before necessity can play its role in inducing compliance. The private ownership of property may be fundamental to capitalist exploitation, but that does not in itself guarantee the participation of exploitable subjects. Thus to Marx’s account of the primitive accumulation of private property, Weber adds a story about the primitive construction of capitalist subjectivities.

A commitment to freedom in conjunction with or beyond equality was what distinguished the more radical sectors of the early second wave of US feminism from liberal feminists of the time. ∞≤ The goal was not, to use the vocabulary of the day, women’s mere equality with men, but women’s liberation. What precisely they were to be liberated from and to were, of course, matters of lively debate, but the language of liberation and the project of conceiving a state of freedom beyond equality did serve to open a broader horizon of feminist imagination and indicate new agendas for action.

Download PDF sample

Rated 4.69 of 5 – based on 7 votes