Farewell to the Working Class

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

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Andre 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.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 160 pages
  • 135 x 215mm
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Revised ed.
  • 0745312713
  • 9780745312712

About Andre Gorz

John R. Bell taught for over three decades at Seneca College, Toronto, Canada. His 'Dialectics and Economic Theory' appeared in 'A Japanese Approach to Political Economy '(1995); 'From Hegel to Marx to the Dialectic of Capital' appeared in 'New Dialectics and Political Economy' (2003). He and Thomas Sekine co-authored 'The Disintegration of Capitalism: A Phase of Ex-Capitalist Transition' in 'Phases of Capitalist Development: Booms, Crises and Globalizations' (2001). In 2004 he co-edited 'New Socialisms', to which he contributed, 'Marx's Anti -Authoritarian Ecocommunism. Currently, he is providing editorial assistance to Thomas Sekine, who is translating 'Economic Policies', Uno's major contribution to the stages theory of capitalism's historical development.show more

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'Gorz is one of the most important political thinkers of our time.' -- Le Monde 'Vintage Gorz - stimulating in its insight and rich in its documentation' -- Guardianshow more

Table of contents

Preface: Nine theses for a future left Introduction 1. The working class according to saint Marx 2. The myth of collective appropriation 3. The proletariat as republica of capital 4. Workers' power 5. Personal Power and functional power 6. A new historical subject: the non-class of post-industrial proletarians 7. The post-industrial revolution 8. Towards a dual society 9. The sphere of necessity: the state Postscript: Deductive growth and productive shrinking Appendix 1: Towards a policy of time Appendix 2: Utopia for a possible dual societyshow more

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