Epub David Frayne ß ß The Refusal of Work: The Theory and Practice of Resistance

Modern capitalist society runs on paid work Yet for many of us paid work is at best a frustrating experience Some of us are burdened with too much work while others fight the hard realities of precarious low paid low uality work amid persistent mass unemployment So what if we rethought the whole system? Thats the ambitious challenge David Frayne takes up inThe Refusal of Work Drawing on substantial empirical research into the lives of people who are actively resisting employmenteither by reducing their work hours to the minimum or by giving up work altogetherFrayne delves into the reasons that people disconnect from work the strategies they develop for coping with not working in a society that demands work and perhaps most interestingly what they do with their free time The resulting book offers a fascinating portrait of an alternative approach to life under capitalism and a bracing reminder that a humane and sustainable vision of social progress is possibleModern capitalist society runs on paid work Yet for many of us paid work is at best a frustrating experience Some of us are burdened with too much work while others fight the hard realities of precarious low paid low uality work amid persistent mass unemployment So what if we rethought the whole system? Thats the ambitious challenge David Frayne takes up inThe Refusal of Work Drawing on substantial empirical research into the lives of people who are actively resisting employmenteither by reducing their work hours to the minimum or by giving up work altogetherFrayne delves into the reasons that people disconnect from work the strategies they develop for coping with not working in a society that demands work and perhaps most interestingly what they do with their free time The resulting book offers a fascinating portrait of an alternative approach to life under capitalism and a bracing reminder that a humane and sustainable vision of social progress is possibleModern capitalist society runs on paid work Yet for many of us paid work is at best a frustrating experience Some of us are burdened with too much work while others fight the hard realities of precarious low paid low uality work amid persistent mass unemployment So what if we rethought the whole system? Thats the ambitious challenge David Frayne takes up inThe Refusal of Work Drawing on substantial empirical research into the lives of people who are actively resisting employmenteither by reducing their work hours to the minimum or by giving up work altogetherFrayne delves into the reasons that people disconnect from work the strategies they develop for coping with not working in a society that demands work and perhaps most interestingly what they do with their free time The resulting book offers a fascinating portrait of an alternative approach to life under capitalism and a bracing reminder that a humane and sustainable vision of social progress is possible


5 thoughts on “The Refusal of Work: The Theory and Practice of Resistance to Work

  1. says:

    This is a wonderful book full of compassion and understanding about what it's like to have to survive in absurd world of work we now have to live with David Frayne writes with wisdom and as a work weary physically and emotionally stressed 50 somethinghe is my new hero


  2. says:

    The first like 50% is really well written and interesting but after that point I feel like it starts to repeat itself Still if labour and the politics of free time is your thing it was definitely one of my favourite books I've read on the subject


  3. says:

    Excellent although could have included a in depth set of interview subjects Very thought provoking and otherwise enjoyable


  4. says:

    Nice book


  5. says:

    Thought provoking and readable Bravely tackles the received wisdom that says satisfying work is the key to happiness But be warned it may change your worldview