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Learning Not to Labor

Shukaitis, S (2014) 'Learning Not to Labor.' Rethinking Marxism, 26 (2). pp. 193-205. ISSN 0893-5696

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Abstract

In autonomist history and theory, the refusal of work is frequently invoked but seldom expanded upon in a significant manner. From the celebration of laziness to mass industrial strikes, work refusal takes many forms. This essay develops an expanded autonomist conception of work refusal, understanding work refusal as a compositional practice and arguing for analyzing it through the forms of collectivity and social relations that it creates. Based on this analysis, a form of ?zerowork training,? or a pedagogy of learning not to labor, is proposed as a process through which antagonism and refusal can be further socialized. Learning not to labor sits at the junction of the refusal of work and the re-fusing of the social energies of such refusal back into supporting the continued affective existence and capacities of other forms of life and ways of being together, as practice and as a form of embodied critique.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Affect; Art Strike; Cultural Labor; Refusal; Work
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences
Faculty of Social Sciences > Essex Business School
SWORD Depositor: Elements
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 05 Nov 2014 09:46
Last Modified: 15 Jan 2022 00:46
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/10873

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