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  • ISBN: 9781501143335
  • Physical Description: xi, 333 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
  • Edition: First Simon & Schuster trade paperback edition.
  • Publisher: New York, NY : Simon & Schuster Paperbacks, 2019.

Content descriptions

General Note:
"International Bestselling Author of Debt"--cover.
Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes notes (p. 289-326) and bibliography (p. 327-333).
Formatted Contents Note:
What Is a Bullshit Job? -- What Sorts of Bullshit Jobs Are There? -- Why Do Those in Bullshit Jobs Regularly Report Themselves Unhappy? (On Spiritual Violence, Part 1) -- What Is It Like to Have a Bullshit Job? (On Spiritual Violence, Part 2) -- Why Are Bullshit Jobs Proliferating? -- Why Do We as a Society Not Object to the Growth of Pointless Employment? -- What Are the Political Effects of Bullshit Jobs, and Is There Anything That Can Be Done About This Situation? -- Acknowledgments -- Notes -- Bibliography.
Summary, etc.:
"Millions of people have bullshit jobs, a form of paid employment, as David Graeber put it, 'that is so completely pointless, unnecessary, or pernicious that even the employee cannot justify its existence, even though as part of the conditions of employment, the employee feels obliged to pretend that this is not the case.' Take these characters as representative: An unqualified IT consultant, who despite his best efforts to get fired continues to get promoted. An employee who has twenty-five middle managers as his direct supervisors (none of whom respond to his requests). And a government worker in charge of his city's water treatment plant, who decided his time was better spent at home studying his favorite seventeenth-century writer. He collected a salary for six years before anybody noticed. While jobs such as nurses, mechanics, and garbage collectors provide true value, society tends to look down upon them while revering and handsomely compensating marketing consultants, tax shelter attorneys, and political pollsters. Using arguments from political thinkers, philosophers, and scientists, Graeber articulates the societal and political consequences of these jobs and suggests a kind of blueprint for shifting our values to esteem creative and caring work" --provided by publisher.
Subject: Work.
Social structure.
Job satisfaction.
Organizational effectiveness.

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