Frayne D The Refusal of Work Rethinking Post Work Theory

Modern capitalist society runs on paid work Yet for many of us paid work is at best a frustrating experience Some of us are burdened with too much work while others fight the hard realities of precarious low paid low quality work amid persistent mass unemployment So what if we rethought the whole system? Thats the ambitious challenge David Frayne takes up inThe Refusal of Work Drawing on substantial empirical research into the lives of people who are actively resisting employmenteither by reducing their work hours to the minimum or by giving up work altogetherFrayne delves into the reasons that people disconnect from work the strategies they develop for coping with not working in a society that demands work and perhaps most interestingly what they do with their free time The resulting book offers a fascinating portrait of an alternative approach to life under capitalism and a bracing reminder that a humane and sustainable vision of social progress is possibleModern capitalist society runs on paid work Yet for many of us paid work is at best a frustrating experience Some of us are burdened with too much work while others fight the hard realities of precarious low paid low quality work amid persistent mass unemployment So what if we rethought the whole system? Thats the ambitious challenge David Frayne takes up inThe Refusal of Work Drawing on substantial empirical research into the lives of people who are actively resisting employmenteither by reducing their work hours to the minimum or by giving up work altogetherFrayne delves into the reasons that people disconnect from work the strategies they develop for coping with not working in a society that demands work and perhaps most interestingly what they do with their free time The resulting book offers a fascinating portrait of an alternative approach to life under capitalism and a bracing reminder that a humane and sustainable vision of social progress is possibleModern capitalist society runs on paid work Yet for many of us paid work is at best a frustrating experience Some of us are burdened with too much work while others fight the hard realities of precarious low paid low quality work amid persistent mass unemployment So what if we rethought the whole system? Thats the ambitious challenge David Frayne takes up inThe Refusal of Work Drawing on substantial empirical research into the lives of people who are actively resisting employmenteither by reducing their work hours to the minimum or by giving up work altogetherFrayne delves into the reasons that people disconnect from work the strategies they develop for coping with not working in a society that demands work and perhaps most interestingly what they do with their free time The resulting book offers a fascinating portrait of an alternative approach to life under capitalism and a bracing reminder that a humane and sustainable vision of social progress is possible


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  1. says:

    This is a wonderful book full of compassion and understanding about what it's like to have to survive in absurd world of work we now have to live with David Frayne writes with wisdom and as a work weary physically and emotionally stressed 50 somethinghe is my new hero