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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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Theoretical critique of work as the dominant discourse for understanding political, social, and economic justice.

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The Problem with Work develops a Marxist feminist critique of the structures and ethics of work, as well as a perspective for imagining a life no longer subordinated to them.

About the Author

Kathi Weeks is Associate Professor of Women’s Studies at Duke University. She is the author of Constituting Feminist Subjects and a co-editor of The Jameson Reader.

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ISBN:
9780822351122
Author:
Weeks, Kathi
Publisher:
Duke University Press
Subject:
History & Theory
Subject:
Politics - General
Subject:
Politics-Labor
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Trade Paper
Series:
a John Hope Franklin Center Book
Publication Date:
20110831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
9.25 x 5.88 in

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