The Future of Work
The work we do brings us meaning, moulds our values, determines our social status and dictates how we spend most of our time. But this wasn’t always the case: for 95 per cent of our species’ history, work held a radically different importance. In their studies of work, economists have tended to focus on issues of scarcity and productivity-at-all-cost. Now anthropologist James Suzman provides a fresh perspective on the subject. He examines how work became the central organisational principle of our societies, how it transformed our bodies, our environments, our views on equality and our sense of time, and why, in a period of material abundance, we are working more than ever before.
Chaired by Katie Bales, co-editor of the Futures of Work blog and lecturer in Law at the University of Bristol.
Work: A History of How We Spend Our Time is published by Bloomsbury. Buy a copy from our friends at Waterstones.
This is part of The Great Reset programme, in which we look at the challenges facing us and the solutions to these. The programme starts in November 2020 and runs to November 2021. Future themes include: freedom of speech and democracy (Spring-October 2021); the Bristol Constitutional Convention (Spring 2021) and a new future for cities in Festival of the Future City (October 2021). Ongoing events in our Festival of Ideas throughout 2021 will also focus on challenges and solutions.
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