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Critical social theory and the end of work – Ed Granter

On the first Friday of each month we invite a guest speaker to come and present to us. The topics can be anything and have ranged so far from generative art to comedy improvisation. On 5th August, we’ll be welcoming Manchester University sociologist Dr Edward Granter (my brother!) to speak to us about the topic of his book, Critical Social Theory and the End of Work.

Critical Social Theory and the End of Work examines the development and sociological significance of the idea that work is being eliminated through the use of advanced production technology. The book discusses arguments for the abolition of labour as a response to the current socio-historical changes affecting our work ethic and consumer ideology.

At the heart of this book, of course, is a belief that work is important. The belief in productivity or creativity as the essence of human beings can be traced back to Marx in its most explicit conception. To some extent, the value for social critique or advances in understandings of the social world (including the world of ideas and discourse) of the end of work approach depends on the extent to which one sees human productive, or creative activity, as the essence of what it means to be human

I’m looking forward to hearing more, and I’m sure we’ll have lots of questions for him around the knowledge economy, digital work, work-life-balance, and other topics of regular focus for us at NixonMcInnes.

Guest seats are limited to five people, so if you would like to join us to hear Ed speak, please email beth.granter@nixonmcinnes.co.uk and we’ll see if we can accommodate you. It will be a one hour session from 4:30pm on Friday 5 August, at our offices in Brighton.

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One Comment

  1. Good way to finish the week!

    Posted 16th June 2011 at 3:37 am | Permalink