Feines absurdes

Una teoría

Paperback, 436 pages

Català language

Published Sept. 9, 2019 by Editorial Descontrol.

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978-84-17190-77-4
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4 stars (4 reviews)

“El 1930 John Maynard Keynes va predir que a finals de segle la tecnologia hauria avançat fins a tal punt que en països com el Regne Unit o els Estats Units la jornada laboral s’hauria pogut reduir fins a les quinze hores setmanals. […]

Per què la utopia que ens va prometre Keynes no s’ha acabat de materialitzar mai? […] És ben bé com si en algun lloc hi hagués algú que s’anés inventant feines inútils només per tenir-nos ocupats. […] Si algú hagués dissenyat un sistema laboral amb l’objectiu precís de mantenir el poder del capital financer, no se m’acut de quina manera ho hauria pogut fer millor.”

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A very interesting book about work

4 stars

It took me some time to enter into the Bullshit jobs book. At first, it appears as some leftist light essay. The book started when David Graeber wrote a first opinion piece about the fact that a significant percentage of the population is doing work that is useless to society and they know it. This first essay made a lot of noise, and some media made some polls : in UK, more than 35% of people say that they are doing a useless bullshit job. Based on these numbers and lot of testimonies, David Graeber wrote this book to elaborate on this concept. The first chapters appears as quite light : some definitions, some testimonies, some categories of bullshit job. Overall, I wasn't convinced : radically leftist but also pretty light theoretically, not real analysis of what is happening, no stats, everything described in a pretty broad context. But I …

Interesting Critique of the World of Work

4 stars

This is an interesting read. It was interesting to me as someone aspiring to not have a job and close to making that happen. The look at "why have jobs?" and "why treat them as so sacred?" really hit home.

I have long said that this reverence for having a job is rooted in Puritanism. Recently I am wondering if it is more deeply internalized capitalist frames. Graeber's viewpoint is that it is some of both, which I found interesting.

This book was a good companion piece to Chokepoint Capitalism

A very interesting book about work

4 stars

It took me some time to enter into the Bullshit jobs book. At first, it appears as some leftist light essay. The book started when David Graeber wrote a first opinion piece about the fact that a significant percentage of the population is doing work that is useless to society and they know it. This first essay made a lot of noise, and some media made some polls : in UK, more than 35% of people say that they are doing a useless bullshit job. Based on these numbers and lot of testimonies, David Graeber wrote this book to elaborate on this concept. The first chapters appears as quite light : some definitions, some testimonies, some categories of bullshit job. Overall, I wasn't convinced : radically leftist but also pretty light theoretically, not real analysis of what is happening, no stats, everything described in a pretty broad context. But I …