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

By Edward Granter

"Critical Social conception and the top of labor" examines the improvement and sociological value of the concept paintings is being eradicated by using complex creation 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 adjustments affecting our paintings ethic and shopper ideology. through combining heritage of principles with social conception, this ebook considers how the 'end of labor' thesis has constructed and has been severely carried out within the research of contemporary society. His paintings will attract students of sociology, background of rules, social and cultural idea in addition to these operating within the fields of serious administration and sociology of labor.

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Factory production (of cotton or wool, for example) had two main advantages, for the employer, over the home-based putting out system. Firstly, the technological superiority of large scale machinery, allowed greater efficiency and thus profit. Secondly, the factory system offered greater scope for imposing regularity and work discipline through massively increased possibilities for supervision (on this see Marglin 1982: 285–298). This latter advantage is of course related to the first, since it is the extensive and expensive use of machinery that makes disciplined work essential.

Anthony is one commentator who holds this view, reminding us of Baxter’s observation that ‘a truly godly servant will do all your service in obedience to god’ (Anthony 1977: 42). Not only does the duty to serve in a calling provide a motivated workforce, ascetic Puritanism’s emphasis on time management helps supply a workforce that is attuned to the more mechanised rhythms of production. Further, the threat of hellfire and damnation for the iniquitous can encourage workers to be more disciplined, not to mention sober.

Thomas More’s Utopia, and move on to discuss the work of Charles Fourier, J. A. Etzler’s The Paradise within the Reach of All Men, Without Labour, by Powers of Nature and Machinery: An Address to All Intelligent Men, and Edward Bellamy’s Looking Backward 2000 – 1887. A discussion of William Morris’s review of Looking Backward will complete our study. More’s Utopia T he Utopia of St. Thomas More might be seen as something of a prototype for later visions of an alternative world. Certainly, More’s tract can hardly have failed to influence any utopian vision which succeeded it, being as it is the utopia that coined the term itself, thus sparking nearly 600 years of debate (Utopia was published at Louvain in 1516) on the precise meaning of the word.

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