For Work / Against Work
Debates on the centrality of work

Farewell to the Working Class

by Gorz, André (1982)

Key Passage

Work has not always existed in the way in which it is currently understood. It came into being at the same time as capitalists and proletarians. It means an activity carried out: for someone else; in return for a wage; according to forms and time schedules laid down by the person paying the wage; and for a purpose not chosen by the worker. A market gardener 'works'; a miner growing leeks in his back garden carries out a freely chosen activity (p.1)


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