By David Frayne

Paid paintings is really critical to the tradition and politics of capitalist societies, but today’s work-centred international is changing into more and more opposed to the human desire for autonomy, spontaneity and group. the awful fact of a society within which a few are overworked, while others are condemned to intermittent paintings and unemployment, is more and more tricky to tolerate.

In this thought-provoking publication, David Frayne questions the important workplace in mainstream political visions of the long run, laying naked the ways that financial calls for colonise our lives and priorities. Drawing on his unique learn into the lives of people that are actively resisting nine-to-five employment, Frayne asks what motivates those humans to disconnect from paintings, even if their resistance is futile, and whether or not they may have the potential to motivate an alternate type of improvement, in response to a discount and social redistribution of work.

A an important dissection of the work-centred nature of contemporary society and rising resistance to it, The Refusal of Work is a daring demand a extra humane and sustainable imaginative and prescient of social progress.

“This is the main enticing and accomplished booklet I’ve ever examine how paintings dominates our lives. it really is insightful and encouraging and will be learn via everybody who is going to paintings each day, in the event that they can locate the time.” —Sharon Beder, writer of Selling the paintings Ethic

“A humane reassessment of the ethics of labor so that it will attract somebody who has puzzled no matter if the task they're struggling with so demanding to get, or to carry directly to, relatively is well worth the fight. At its center lies the provocative and infrequently poignant debts of these people who will be displaying the way in which in the direction of an engagement with paintings that's higher for all of us.” —Ralph Fevre, writer of The Demoralization of Western Culture and Trouble at Work

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The high demand for jobs seriously weakens the power and inclinations of workers to stand up for issues like pay, rights, and job quality. 8 For those attempting to insulate themselves from the shifting currents of the labour market by investing in education, the old guarantee that educational credentials ensure a future of secure, well-paid and interesting work is also being eroded. 9 a provocation 43 Even if economic growth could manage to keep pace with the demand for jobs, what would be the environmental costs of continuing expansion?

Indulgence and escapism, far from being cultural taboos, are relentlessly encouraged in modern capitalist societies, but always with the drawback that their enjoyment requires us to heighten our commitment to work. In this account, mass consumption has not killed the work ethic but simply augmented it, taking the place of religion as society’s chief distraction from work’s more troubling realities. The value of historical perspectives is that they allow us to achieve some critical distance from the current work-centred state of affairs.

Weeks suggests that Weber’s The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism is particularly valuable in this regard, with its references to periods before and after the heyday of the Protestant work ethic inviting readers to grasp the peculiarity of modern society’s attachment to work. Readers are invited to reflect forwards, and consider the lofty status of work from the standpoint of the values inherent in the old, traditional society. What seems startling from this perspective is the limitlessness of the modern desire for material wealth, as well as the fact that work would one day operate as a main axis of identity.

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