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The Resource Bullshit jobs : a theory, David Graeber

Bullshit jobs : a theory, David Graeber

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Bullshit jobs : a theory
Title
Bullshit jobs
Title remainder
a theory
Statement of responsibility
David Graeber
Title variation
Bullsh*t jobs
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the rise of pointless work and what we can do about it
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eng
Summary
Back in 1930, the economist John Maynard Keynes prophesied that by the century's end, technology would see us all working fifteen-hour weeks. But instead, something curious happened. Today, average working hours have not decreased, but increased. And now, across the developed world, three-quarters of all jobs are in services or admin, jobs that don't seem to add anything to society- bullshit jobs. In Bullshit Jobs, David Graeber explores how this phenomenon - one more associated with the 20th-century Soviet Union, but which capitalism was supposed to eliminate - has happened. In doing so, he looks at how we value work, and how, rather than being productive, work has become an end in itself; the way such work maintains the current broken system of finance capital; and, finally, how we can get out of it
Summary
"'Does your job make a meaningful contribution to the world?' David Graeber asked this question in a playful, provocative online essay titled On the Phenomenon of Bullshit Jobs. He defined a bullshit job as 'a form of paid employment that is so completely pointless, unnecessary, or pernicious that even the employee cannot justify its existence, even though as part of the conditions of employment, the employee feels obliged to pretend that this is not the case.' After a million views in seventeen different languages, people all over the world are still debating the answer. ... Graeber, in his singularly searing and illuminating style, identifies the five types of bullshit jobs and argues that when 1 percent of the population controls most of a society's wealth, they control what jobs are 'useful' and 'important.' ... Graeber illustrates how nurses, bus drivers, musicians, and landscape gardeners provide true value, and what it says about us as a society when we look down upon them. Using arguments from some of the most revered political thinkers, philosophers, and scientists of our time, Graeber articulates the societal and political consequences of these bullshit jobs. Depression, anxiety, and a warped sense of our values are all dire concerns. He provides a blueprint to undergo a shift in values, placing creative and caring work at the center of our culture, providing the meaning and satisfaction we all crave."--Jacket
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10690034
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Graeber, David
Dewey number
331
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
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bibliography
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  • Organisational effectiveness
  • Social structure
  • Bureaucracy
  • Occupations
  • Work
  • Job satisfaction
  • Labour
  • Work
Target audience
adult
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a theory
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Bullshit jobs : a theory, David Graeber
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Originally published: 2018
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Includes bibliographical references
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volume
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rdacarrier
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  • still image
  • text
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  • sti
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  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Control code
000064819885
Dimensions
20 cm.
Extent
xxv, 333 pages
Isbn
9780141983479
Lccn
be2019006421
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • .b58625392
  • (OCoLC)1048950668
Label
Bullshit jobs : a theory, David Graeber
Publication
Copyright
Note
Originally published: 2018
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • still image
  • text
Content type code
  • sti
  • txt
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Control code
000064819885
Dimensions
20 cm.
Extent
xxv, 333 pages
Isbn
9780141983479
Lccn
be2019006421
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • .b58625392
  • (OCoLC)1048950668

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