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Refusal of Work

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Paid work is absolutely central to the culture and politics of capitalist societies, yet today's work-centred world is becoming in... Weiterlesen
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Paid work is absolutely central to the culture and politics of capitalist societies, yet today's work-centred world is becoming increasingly hostile to the human need for autonomy, spontaneity and community. The grim reality of a society in which some are overworked, whilst others are condemned to intermittent work and unemployment, is progressively more difficult to tolerate.

In this thought-provoking book, David Frayne questions the central place of work in mainstream political visions of the future, laying bare the ways in which economic demands colonise our lives and priorities. Drawing on his original research into the lives of people who are actively resisting nine-to-five employment, Frayne asks what motivates these people to disconnect from work, whether or not their resistance is futile, and whether they might have the capacity to inspire an alternative form of development, based on a reduction and social redistribution of work.

A crucial dissection of the work-centred nature of modern society and emerging resistance to it, The Refusal of Work is a bold call for a more humane and sustainable vision of social progress.


David Frayne is a sociology teacher and social researcher, based at Cardiff University. His research interests are wide-ranging, but his main areas are social activism, consumer culture, the sociology of happiness, and radical perspectives on work. David is the author of several articles and has also written a chapter on critiques of work for the SAGE Handbook of the Sociology of Work and Employment. Twitter: @theworkdogma


  • Introduction: The Work Dogma
  • 1. A Provocation
  • 2. Working Pains
  • 3. The Colonising Power of Work
  • 4. The Stronghold of Work
  • 5. The Breaking Point
  • 6. Alternative Pleasures
  • 7. Half a Person
  • 8. From Escapism to Autonomy


Titel: Refusal of Work
Untertitel: The Theory and Practice of Resistance to Work
EAN: 9781783601202
ISBN: 978-1-78360-120-2
Digitaler Kopierschutz: Adobe-DRM
Format: E-Book (epub)
Herausgeber: Zed Books
Genre: Politikwissenschaft
Anzahl Seiten: 280
Veröffentlichung: 15.11.2015
Jahr: 2015
Untertitel: Englisch
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