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

By Edward Granter

"Critical Social concept and the tip of labor" examines the improvement and sociological value of the concept paintings is being eradicated by utilizing complicated creation know-how. Granter's engagement with the paintings of key American and eu figures similar to Marx, Marcuse, Gorz, Habermas and Negri, focuses his arguments for the abolition of labour as a reaction to the present socio-historical adjustments affecting our paintings ethic and customer ideology. through combining background of principles with social concept, this e-book considers how the 'end of labor' thesis has built and has been significantly applied within the research of contemporary society. His paintings will entice students of sociology, background of principles, social and cultural idea in addition to these operating within the fields of severe administration and sociology of labor.

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Stepping even further along the path of uniting love with work, Fourier proposes that the most dynamic and active group in Harmony would be the ‘industrial armies’. These are the crash troops of utopia – the re-foresters, bridge builders, land reclaimers. The industrial armies are to be recruited by means of an ‘amorous strategy’ involving Vestals – female virgins age between fifteen and a half and twenty. Again prefiguring neo Freudian analyses, this apparent re-eroticisation of work would provide large numbers of more than willing recruits.

Although Fourier’s is a mostly pastoral utopia, some manufacturing would be necessary. The overheated and filthy factories of nineteenth century reality had no place in Harmony however, and people were to be enticed to work – in what manufacturing industry was necessary in Fourier’s utopia – by the elegance and beauty of the factories themselves. Work, in Fourier, is elevated to a level of conviviality that is positively playlike – something that Marx was later to scoff at (Marx 1972a: 124). Workers in the fields are joined throughout the day by ‘lady Florists’, and ‘Maiden Strawberrygrowers’ who have been cultivating strawberries in a nearby forest glade.

Locke, as we have seen, used work, or the lack of it, to explain the gross social inequalities of his time, and Smith put the division of labour at the centre of his social theory. Later, Weber and Durkheim were to place the concept of occupational differentiation at the heart of a body of work that forms much of the bedrock of modern sociology; the rest, arguably, being supplied by Marx, whose treatment of work will be examined in Chapter 4. The concept of work, usually reduced to the job has, in one way or another, been central to social and sociological thought ever since, although this is less and less the case, as we will see in Chapter 8.

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