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.
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Product details

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

Table of contents

Preface: Nine theses for a future left


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 society
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Review quote

'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' -- Guardian
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About Andre Gorz

Andre Gorz was one of Europe's leading thinkers on politics. He is the author of several books including Ecology as Politics, Paths to Paradise and Farewell to the Working Class.
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