The problem with work : feminism, Marxism, antiwork politics, and postwork imaginaries
Part of the A John Hope Franklin Center Book series
In The Problem with Work, Kathi Weeks boldly challenges the presupposition that work, or waged labor, is inherently a social and political good.
While progressive political movements, including the Marxist and feminist movements, have fought for equal pay, better work conditions, and the recognition of unpaid work as a valued form of labor, even they have tended to accept work as a naturalized or inevitable activity.
Weeks argues that in taking work as a given, we have "depoliticized" it, or removed it from the realm of political critique.
Employment is now largely privatized, and work-based activism in the United States has atrophied.
We have accepted waged work as the primary mechanism for income distribution, as an ethical obligation, and as a means of defining ourselves and others as social and political subjects.
Taking up Marxist and feminist critiques, Weeks proposes a postwork society that would allow people to be productive and creative rather than relentlessly bound to the employment relation.
Work, she contends, is a legitimate, even crucial, subject for political theory.