Farewell to the Working Class: An Essay on Post-industrial Socialism

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Pluto Press, 1982 - Capitalism - 152 pages
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'Vintage Gorz - stimulating in its insight and rich in its documentation.'Guardian'As unemployment rises, the struggle, Gorz insists, is not for the 'Right to Work' but for an income regardless of work, for the sharing of the reduced amount of necessary social labour, above all for the primacy of autonomous, self-determined activity. And it is a struggle, he claims, that is already taking place.' New StatesmanAndré Gorz argues that changes in the role of the work and labour process in the closing decades of the twentieth century have, once and for all, weakened the power of skilled industrial workers. Their place has been taken, says Gorz, by social movements such as the women's movement and the green movement, and all those who refuse to accept the work ethic so fundamental to early capitalist societies. Provocative and heretical, Farewell to the Working Class is a classic study of labour and unemployment in the post-industrial world.

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Amazing essay. Gorz was far more on the ball than his post-war Sartrean/Humanist orientation might suggest. The contemporary left and the union movement have yet to catch up with his (still) futuristic insight. Read full review

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Notes: 1. The proletariat cannot act as the revolutionary class under modern capitalism. He argues that Marx's conception of the w/c is basically idealist and essentially a hangover from Marx's early ... Read full review


Nine Theses for a Future Left
The Myth of Collective Appropriation
The Proletariat as Replica of Capital
Workers Power?
Personal Power and Functional Power
The PostIndustrial Revolution
Towards a Dual Society
The State

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André Gorz was one of Europe’s leading thinkers on politics. He is the author of several books including Ecology as Politics and Paths to Paradise.

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