Whither work? The politics and ethics of contemporary work

Keith Breen, Jean-Philippe Deranty

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This introductory chapter explores the question ‘Whither Work?’ in our present times. It addresses the key political and ethical challenges underpinning that question, in particular what work might look like in a post-growth world; the implications of financialized capitalism, the platform economy, and automation for the future of work; the effects of precarization on workers and how these effects might be countered; and the possibilities for freedom in our working lives. Its main argument is that work remains vitally important, but also that we need a new work ethic, one which better fits human needs. The chapter ends with a review of each contribution to the book.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe politics and ethics of contemporary work: whither work?
EditorsKeith Breen, Jean-Philippe Deranty
Place of PublicationAbingdon & New York
ISBN (Electronic)9780429243394
ISBN (Print)9780367198114, 9780367198060
Publication statusPublished - 09 Jul 2021


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