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Critical Social Theory and the End of Work (Rethinking by Edward Granter

By Edward Granter

Severe Social conception and the tip of labor examines the improvement and sociological importance of the concept that paintings is being eradicated by using complex construction expertise. Granter’s engagement with the paintings of key American and eu figures equivalent to Marx, Marcuse, Gorz, Habermas and Negri, focuses his arguments for the abolition of labour as a reaction to the present socio-historical alterations affecting our paintings ethic and customer ideology. through combining background of rules with social idea, this e-book considers how the 'end of labor' thesis has constructed and has been seriously applied within the research of contemporary society. His paintings will attract students of sociology, heritage of rules, social and cultural concept in addition to these operating within the fields of serious administration and sociology of labor.

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According to Fourier: ‘This method is dictated by the eleventh passion, the Butterfly, which impels men and women to flit from pleasure to pleasure…’ (Fourier 1972: 275). Not only is work to be varied, it is to be carried out in conditions of luxury: ‘This elegance of working conditions will be an industrial incentive, for it will help to make children as well as adults passionate about their productive work’ (Fourier 1972: 295). Thus we are regaled with descriptions of spotless laundries with beautifully wrought porcelain, fields surrounded by flower Industrialism, Utopia, and the End of Work 37 displays, orchards from which handsomely uniformed ‘captains’ repair after work to a castle that they have had built for their fellow workers to dine in.

20 Critical Social Theory and the End of Work In Calvinism, work becomes not merely a means to an end, but an end in itself. The necessity to work in one’s calling, and to work hard, has become internalised in today’s capitalist society, but if one accepts the main thrust of Weber’s analysis, this was not inevitable, but rather a result (arguments over cause and effect accepted) of the rise of the ascetic Protestant worldview. This necessity is characterised in Weber as something felt as an obligation, but to what?

Tasks in these industrial armies are always pleasant: Because they never last long thanks to the help of a large number of workers… because they provide an occasion for the meeting of bands of men and women from different Phalanxes…and because the large scale on which work is performed makes it possible to organize the work in an elegant fashion (Fourier 1972: 327). But surely a spectre is haunting Fourier’s harmonious utopia, the spectre of drudgery. Jobs which Fourier describes as isolated and lacking attraction, such as staffing the watchtower or coach driving, ‘will be assigned to a few individuals whose temperaments are appropriate to such tasks, which they will transform into games’ (Fourier 1972: 315).

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