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Feminism and the refusal of work: an interview with Kathi Weeks – Political Critique
the refusal of work is directed against the system of (re)production organized around, but not limited to, the wage system. There are three points worth emphasizing here. One is that the refusal is directed not to this or to that job, but to the larger system of economic cooperation that is designed to produce capital accumulation for the few and waged work that is supposed to support the rest of us. Second, this notion of refusal doesn’t privilege any one specific form of response, like the work stoppage, but rather designates an aspiration to mount a radical critique of work that could be inclusive of a much longer list of possible stances and actions. Finally, I would also describe the refusal of work as a collective political project over time instead of an individual ethical mandate. The goal is to transform the institutions and ideologies that tether us to the existing world of work, waged and unwaged, which requires the political organization of collectivities. Most individuals as such are not able to simply walk away from employment, so that is not what we are talking about.
work  labour  anti-work  refusalOfWork  autonomism  feminism  UniversalBasicIncome  precarity  exploitation  interview  dctagged  dc:contributor=WeeksKathi  economics 
october 2017 by petej
A donkey jacket and sideburns revolution is no longer possible. But the spirit lives on | Comment is free | The Guardian
"As early as the 1960s young factory workers, when asked by sociologists, began to say manual work was “absurd”. Automation was reducing them to minders of the machines, not operators. It was not just anarchists but young Italian factory workers – complete with their sideburns – who first expressed the idea that liberation involves a fight against work itself.

Today what the Italian autonomists said rhetorically in the 1970s has become reality: the whole of society is a factory. The struggle for social justice takes place no longer just amid lines of machinery, but in places such as the Focus E15 occupation by single mums and the Sex Worker Open University projects in London and Glasgow.

There’ll be people who attend these movies with a sense of mourning for everything good that was destroyed in the working-class culture of the 70s and early 80s. But for me that’s tempered with optimism. The revolution I was part of when I took durophet and danced to Northern Soul is still happening, even if the revolution of the donkey jacket and sideburns era is no longer possible. The social laboratory of the self is open for business and nothing’s going to shut it down."
economics  politics  UK  industry  economy  work  labour  tradeUnions  class  culture  post-industrialism  postFordism  autonomism  socialFactory  anti-work  dctagged  dc:creator=MasonPaul 
october 2014 by petej

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