Review of A World Beyond Work? Labour, Money and the Capitalist State Between Crisis and Utopia, by Ana C. Dinerstein and Frederick H. Pitts. United Kingdom: Emerald, 2021.

Mercer, Samuel J.R. (2021) Review of A World Beyond Work? Labour, Money and the Capitalist State Between Crisis and Utopia, by Ana C. Dinerstein and Frederick H. Pitts. United Kingdom: Emerald, 2021. Rethinking Marxism. ISSN 0893-5696 (Accepted for Publication)

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Abstract

A World Beyond Work? collects together a series of essays in one volume, which critically appraise the new wave of post-work and postcapitalist thought that has emerged since the middle of the of the last decade. Ana C. Dinerstein and Frederick H. Pitts (2021) argue that the ‘Post-Work Prospectus’ focuses too heavily on the abolition of concrete labour, leaving its abstract social forms – and with them the social relations of capitalist society – unthought and unmoved. Though this fetishism of concrete labour forms the body of their critique, Dinerstein and Pitts (2021) reproduce this fetishism in their own political recommendations, offering a Marxist-humanist thesis of counter-alienation located in their own celebration of the ‘social’ characteristics of concrete labour.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information and Comments: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Rethinking Marxism
Keywords: Postcapitalism; work; value-form; social reproduction; open Marxism
Faculty / Department: Faculty of Arts & Humanities > School of Social Science
Depositing User: Sam Mercer
Date Deposited: 16 Jun 2021 10:20
Last Modified: 16 Jun 2021 10:20
URI: https://hira.hope.ac.uk/id/eprint/3314

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