The abolition and limitation of (which and whose) work?

I had sat down to do a post on automation and the abolition/limit of work-time, but given the level of some of the discussion I’ve seen, that seems to require some preliminaries and backgrounding, so aside from these remarks below, there’s another post on the concept of ‘socially-necessary labour’ here.

There’s been some renewed discussion around both the abolition of jobs and a re-assertion of demands for limits to work-time. The second of these is taken up in Laura Flanders’ interview with Kathi Weeks at Truthout, while the first is discussed by David Graeber in “On the Phenomenon of Bullshit Jobs.”

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Invisible Hands and Iron Fists: Fear, Progress and Work and the End of the 20th Century

Chain_Gang_2a-2Over the last fifteen years in Australia, the workplace has been thoroughly and miserably transformed. With the biggest growth in employment recorded in casual and part-time work, with the proportion of those working over sixty hours a week registgering the most dramatic increase relative to other hours worked amongst full-time workers, the eight-hour day no longer warrants the appellation of ‘standard hours.’ Continue reading