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THE MEANINGS OF WORK

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The Meanings of Work: Essay on the Affirmation and Negation of Work
Ricardo Antunes

The Meanings of Work aims to explore some dimensions of the changes taking place in the labour-world, as well as looking at the consequences, theoretical and empirical, entailed by these transformations, such as the relevance and pertinence of the category of labour in the contemporary world. Billions of men and women depend exclusively on their labour to survive and encounter increasingly unstable, precarious or casual workers and the unemployed. As the contingent of workers has grown, there have been a vast reduction in jobs, rights have been corroded and the gains of the past have been eroded. The Meanings of Work starts with a wider conception of work and seeks to understand this new condition of labour today. 

Biographical note
Ricardo Antunes is Professor of Sociology at University of Campinas (UNICAMP/Brazil). He was Visiting Research Fellow at Sussex University and his books and articles has been published in France, Italy, England, Swiss, Spain, Portugal, Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, among other countries.

Readership
It will be of interest to sociologists, economists, social workers, psychologists and for all those interested in recent changes in the global configuration of work.

Table of Contents

Foreword by István Mészáros
Preface to the English edition
Preface to the second edition
Preface to the first edition

Introduction

1. Capital’s Social-Metabolic Order and its System of Mediations
The system of first-order mediations
The emergence of the system of second-order mediations

2. Dimensions of the Structural Crisis of Capital
The crisis of Fordism and Taylorism as the phenomenal expression of the structural crisis

3. The Responses of Capital to its Structural Crisis: Productive Restructuring and its Repercussions in the Labour-Process
The limits of Taylorism/Fordism and of the social-democratic compromise
The emergence of mass worker-revolts and the crisis of the welfare-state

4. Toyotism and the New Forms of Capital-Accumulation
The fallacy of ‘total quality’ under the diminishing utility-rate of the use-value of commodities
The ‘lyophilisation’ of organisation and labour in the Toyotist factory: new forms of labour-intensification

5. From Thatcher’s Neoliberalism to Tony Blair’s ‘Third Way’: the Recent British Experience
Neoliberalism, the world of work and the crisis of unionism in England
Elements of productive restructuring in Britain: ideas and practice
British strikes in the 1990s: forms of confrontation with neoliberalism and the casualisation of work
New Labour and Tony Blair’s ‘Third Way’

6. The Class-that-Lives-from-Labour: the Working Class Today
Towards a broader notion of the working class
Dimensions of the diversity, heterogeneity and complexity of the working class
The sexual division of labour: transversalities between the dimensions of class and gender
Wage-earners in the service-sector, the ‘third sector’ and new forms of domestic labour
Transnationalisation of capital and the world of work

7. The World of Labour and Value-Theory: Forms of Material and Immaterial Labour
The growing interaction between labour and scientific knowledge: a critique of the thesis of ‘science as primary productive force’
The interaction between material and immaterial labour
Contemporary forms of estrangement

8. Excursus on the Centrality of Labour: the Debate between Lukács and Habermas
1. The centrality of labour in Lukács’s Ontology of Social Being
Labour and teleology
Labour as the model of social practice
Labour and freedom

2. Habermas’s critique of the ‘paradigm of labour’
The paradigm of communicative action and the sphere of intersubjectivity
The uncoupling of system and lifeworld
The colonisation of the lifeworld and Habermas’s critique of the theory of value

3. A critical sketch of Habermas’s critique
Authentic and inauthentic subjectivity

9. Elements towards an Ontology of Everyday Life

10. Working Time and Free Time: towards a Meaningful Life Inside and Outside of Work

11. Foundations of a New Social-Metabolic Order

Appendices

Appendices to the second edition
1. Ten Theses and a Hypothesis on the Present (and Future) of Work
2. Labour and Value: Critical Notes 

Appendices to the first edition
1. The Crisis of the Labour-Movement and the Centrality of Labour Today
2. The New Proletarians at the Turn of the Century
3. The Metamorphoses and Centrality of Labour Today
4. Social Struggles and Socialist Societal Design in Contemporary Brazil

References

See: http://www.brill.com/meanings-work

 

First published at: http://www.historicalmaterialism.org/news/distributed/now-out-the-meanings-of-work.-essay-on-the-affirmation-and-negation-of-work-ricardo-antunes

 

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Marxism and Education

Marxism and Education

MARXISM 2012 TIMETABLE

Marxism 2012 – Timetable now out

5-9 July, University College London and Friends Meeting House, central London

Full timetable, including over 200 meetings out now

Speakers include: David Harvey, Gary Younge, Tariq Ali, Leila Khaled, Tony Benn, Robert King Wilkerson, Owen Jones, Nick Davies, Gigi Ibrahim, Hossam el-Hamalawy, George Galloway, Istvan Meszaros and more…

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MARXISM 2010

http://www.marxismfestival.org.uk

Central London 1-5 July

SLAVOJ ŽIŽEK, JOHN HOLLOWAY & ALEX CALLINICOS discuss the idea of communism

BEN FINE, COSTAS LAPAVITSAS, ALFREDO SAAD-FILHO, GUGLIELMO CARCHEDI, ANDREW KLIMAN, JOSEPH CHOONARA, GRAHAM TURNER on dimensions of the economic crisis

Prospects for the Middle East considered by SHLOMO SAND, author of the acclaimed book The Invention of the Jewish People; GILBERT ASHCAR, author of The Arabs and the Holocaust; HAIFA ZANGANA, author of City of Widows: An Iraqi Woman’s Account of War and Resistance; GHADA KARMI, author of Married to Another Man: Israel’s Dilemma in Palestine

Marxist philosopher ISTVAN MÉSZÁROS speaks on alternatives to parliament

US academic HESTER EISENSTEIN, author of Feminism Seduced, joins NINA POWER, author of One Dimensional Woman, and Socialist Review editor JUDITH ORR to discuss the challenges facing the struggle for women’s liberation.SHEILA ROWBOTHAM speaks on new book Dreamers of a New Day: Women who Invented the Twentieth Century.

PETER THOMAS presents his roadmap to Gramsci’s Prison Notebooks

DANNY DORLING speaks on his book Injustice: Why Social Inequality Persists

Panel on civil liberties with solicitor GARETH PEIRCE, former Guantanamo Bay inmate MOAZZAM BEGG and GERRY CONLON of the Guildford Four. JOHN HENDY QC discusses the anti-union laws.

Guardian feature writer GARY YOUNGE, TARIQ ALI and RICHARD SEYMOUR of Lenin’s Tomb speak on racism, Islamophobia and identity.

Authors and academics: OWEN HATHERLEY (Militant Modernism), ALBERTO TOSCANO (Fanaticism), G M TAMÁS, SHEILA COHEN (Ramparts of Resistance), JANE HARDY (Poland’s New Capitalism), GARETH DALE(Popular Protest in East Germany 1945-1989), KEVIN DOOGAN (New Capitalism?), NEIL DAVIDSON (Discovering the Scottish Revolution 1692-1746), COLIN BARKER, PAUL BLACKLEDGE (Reflections on the Marxist Theory of History),MARTIN EMPSON (Marxism and Ecology), JONATHAN NEALE (Stop Global Warming, Change the World), CHRISTIAN HOGSBJERG, JOHN ROSE (Myths of Zionism), PETER HALLWARD (Damming the Flood: Haiti, Aristide and the Politics of Containment)

Trade unionists MARK SERWOTKA (general secretary PCS), JEREMY DEAR (general secretary NUJ), KEVIN COURTNEY (deputy general secretary NUT)

Politicians TONY BENN, JEREMY CORBYN MP, CHRISTINE BUCHHOLTZ (Die Linke Bundestag member).

Join thousands of others at Europe’s biggest festival of radical ideas—featuring over 200 meetings, debates, film screenings, and musical performances.

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Marxism 2009 – A Festival of Resistance

 

CAPITALISM ISN’T WORKING…

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Marxism 2009 – a festival of resistance

Thursday 2nd – Monday 6th July 2009, central London

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Online: http://www.marxismfestival.org.uk

Phone: 020 7819 1190

Over 1,000 people have already bought tickets for Marxism 2009. We are now entering the last full week of the £5 discount on Marxism tickets: get yours now at:  http://www.marxismfestival.org.uk or call us in the office on 020 7819 1190.

With the current £5 discount, prices are: Waged – £40, Unwaged – £27, HE student – £20, FE student – £10.

Remember, if you can’t afford to pay now but want to get the £5 discount you can register before 31st March and postdate your payment – just give us a call in the office: 020 7819 1190.

Highlights include:

* Alex Callinicos vs Slavoj Zizek – a debate on “What does it mean to be a revolutionary today?”

* David Harvey on Marx’s Capital and debating Chris Harman on “The crisis of neoliberalism”

* Tariq Ali on Pakistan’s deepening crisis

* Terry Eagleton on “Socialism and culture”

* Sheila Rowbotham discusses pioneering gay rights campaigner Edward Carpenter

* Gary Younge speaks on Obama’s rise to power

* Ghada Karmi participates in a course of meetings on Palestinian liberation

* Michael Billington and Sam West take part in a tribute to Harold Pinter

* Bernadette McAliskey speaks 40 years on from her election to parliament and the Battle of the Bogside

* John Bellamy Foster takes part in a course on “Marx and Darwin” and speaks on Marxist ecology

Other participants include: Tony Benn, Paul Gilroy, Eamonn McCann, Mark Serwotka, Sally Hunt, Jeremy Corbyn MP, Nick Broomfield, Michael Rosen, Istvan Meszaros, Roy Bailey and David Ferrard, Pat Devine, Danny Dorling, Zoe Williams, David Edgar, Haifa Zangana, Steven Rose, Ambalavaner Sivanandan, Ben Fine, Ron Oppenheim and Natalie Adler, Jeremy Dear, Ludi Simpson, Leo Zeilig, Graham Turner, Chris Searle, Adam Tooze, Costas Lapavitsas, Omar Puente… and many more!

Courses and meetings include: Capital for beginners * The Marxist method * The economic crisis – causes, consequences and questions * Resistance and recession in Britain * The culture of crisis * The International Socialist tradition * 1989 and the collapse of the Soviet block – before, during and after * Islam and Islamism * Lenin and Leninism * Trotsky * Revolution and beyond * Racism, segregation and multiculturalism * British society today * The fight against fascism * Women’s liberation * LGBT rights * The US – then and now * China – from Mao to markets * Imperialism today and the “war on terror” * Pakistan * Voices from the Middle East * Palestine’s fight for freedom * Latin America * Africa * Climate Change – saving the planet * Darwin and Marx – evolution revolution * Education * Students and the struggle * Capitalism and the media

 

 

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