The Problem with Work: Feminism, Marxism Antiwork Politics, and Postwork Imaginaries


“If the system of waged labor is a crucial cultural and institutional mechanism by which we are linked to the mode of production, then the refusal of work poses a potentially substantial challenge to this larger apparatus. But the refusal of work, as both activism and analysis, does not simply pose itself against the present organization of work; it should also be understood as a creative practice, one that seeks to reappropriate and reconfigure existing forms of production and reproduction. This is the special twofold nature of the refusal of work upon which Negri insists. 

The refusal of work thus comprises at once a movement of exist and a process of invention. The refusal can make time and open spaces - both physical and conceptual - within which to construct alternatives.” 

— Kathi Weeks

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