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Job scarcity: the perverted form of a potential blessing

Bowring, Finn ORCID: 1999. Job scarcity: the perverted form of a potential blessing. Sociology 33 (1) , pp. 69-84. 10.1177/S0038038599000048

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This article advances the argument that we are becoming a post-work society, and that the restoration of work-centred society is an irrational and untenable goal. I consider the phenomenon of jobless growth and suggest that the economy's declining need for labour is underestimated due to the influence of three factors: a statistical dependence on jobs held rather than hours worked; the growth of socially unproductive personal services; and the growth of destructive, defensive and unsustainable forms of production. I show that the decentring of work in people's lives is a process well under way, and conclude that the `crisis' of work-based society derives not from the scarcity of work, but from a theoretical and practical failure to give the decline of work a human meaning.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Published Online
Status: Published
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Publisher: SAGE Publications
ISSN: 0038-0385
Date of Acceptance: 1 February 1999
Last Modified: 09 Nov 2022 11:20

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