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WHAT IS WORK?

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WHAT IS WORK? The conditions of work now and then.
Saturday 1 June, 12:00

Developing an ontological understanding of what work might be, we will start the class with reading the beginning of Michel Foucault’s “Discipline & Punish”:

The first class we'll begin our discussion of "work" & its transformation undergone from feudalism into capitalism. The goal of the first class is to come to a common understanding of the terms and concepts from which future classes will proceed, with

Kapital Vol 1:
The Twofold Character of the Labour Embodied in
Commodities (p. 28 - 31)
The Secret of Primitive Accumulation (p. 359-360)

Capital Volume 1 (Penguin Classics, translated by Ben Fowkes):
The Twofold Character of the Labour Embodied in Commodities (p. 131-137)
The Secret of Primitive Accumulation (p. 873-876)

Caliban and the Witch

Introduction (p. 11-17)
All the world needs is a Jolt (p. 21-31)

Discipline and Punish:
Generalized Punishment (p. 73-92)

“Behind the offences of the vagabond, there is laziness; that is what one must fight against. “One will not succeed by locking beggars up in filthy prisons that are more like cesspools; they will have to be forced to work. “The best way of punishing them is to employ them.” (Brissot, 258)

The readings for this meeting can be found HERE. For more information on this class please visit the class page: http://thepublicschool.org/node/34508.

 

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Saturday, June 1, 2013 - 12:00
Archive Books , Dieffenbachstraße 31, 10967 more
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See you on Saturday

Further Bibliography:

Please feel free to choose from any of the proposed Novara FM radio broadcast (http://novaramedia.com/category/fm), and keep on listening to them in the next weeks, since we will relate back to them in the next classes.

Novara Series 1, Episode 26 - The Problem with Full Unemployment Utopias
https://soundcloud.com/resonance-fm/novara-feb-21st-2012-1
Novara Series 2, Episode 12 - 'A Future That (Doesn't) Work'
https://soundcloud.com/resonance-fm/2012-10-16-14-00-00-novara
Novara Series 2, Episode 27 - Surplus. Labour and Capital
http://novaramedia.com/2013/01/surplus-labour-and-capital-utopia-and-dystopia-29113/
Novara Series 2, Episode 38 - 'Immaterial Labour Isn't Working'
http://novaramedia.com/2013/04/immaterial-labour-isnt-working/

Hey everyone, thanks for coming together and taking on the challenge to define work in its varying terms and definitions and to sort out work in its transformation with society over history.

Responding to your feedback, we've come to the conclusion that the best way to speak of how we work is to speak of its negation.  

In preparation for the preceding classes on HOW DO WE WORK? Work, sleep & leisure - typologies of work in social relations, we propose to explore typologies of work through the refusal of work beginning with the figure of the "freelancer" and a listening to the Novara radio broadcast (http://novaramedia.com/category/fm), which often focus on exploring the work-anti work binary.

Touching on the idea of the leisure, we will also try to clarify what distinguishes work from activity in general. We will get to the Sennett text in the 3rd meeting, since it opens up the arena for another set of questions, which are better to discussed after the next class.

TEXTS : HOW DO WE WORK? Work, sleep & leisure - typologies of work in social relations

(1)

Hito Steyerl , Freedom from everything - freelancers and mercenaries
http://www.e-flux.com/journal/freedom-from-everything-freelancers-and-mercenaries/
http://www.aaaaarg.org/text/47887/freedom-everything-freelancers-and-mercenaries

(2)

Novara Series 2, Episode 03 - The Refusal of Work and the Politics of Beverly Hills Cop 2
http://novaramedia.com/2012/07/the-refusal-of-work-post-fordist-subjectivity-and-beverly-hills-cop-2/

As remarked during the class: please feel free a text of your choice to integrate into the class. Please list them in the comment section of the meetings and prepare a quick summary for everyone to discuss.

See you on Saturday!

hi people, how long will this class be? 2 hours? more?

thanks caleb, seems like there are too many version out there of the Capital

 

caleb berlin's picture

Capital Volume 1 (Penguin Classics, translated by Ben Fowkes):
The Twofold Character of the Labour Embodied in Commodities (p. 131-137)
The Secret of Primitive Accumulation (p. 873-876)

so here's the version of kapital on aaaaarg that i used for the citation:

http://www.aaaaarg.org/text/19029/capital-volume-i-pdf

...the other was using this djvu format, maybe i'm too old fashioned but is there some advantage to this over pdf that I'm unaware?

Hey,

I had a different version of kapital, i'm going to check the aarrg version and correct the citations in a bit. I'm having a bit of pain finding  pdf version of kapital

Just to repeat what Dennis wrote, I too am confused about the page numbers in Capital, please help us out!

 

 

maybe i'm wrong, but it seems the page numbers of marx are incorrect. in the version on aaaaarg, 'the secret of primitive accumulation' is pp.873-6. also, i'm not sure which 'section 2' is meant, but pp.28-31 are not written by marx.

fotini's picture

hi viktorija, yes, all classes take place at Archive Kabinett, Dieffenbachstrasse 31. 

Hello,

is the class going to take place at Archive Books as usual?

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