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Why do we work?

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“They would go to school, then 30 years in the labour market, two years of retirement and they would drop dead”, says Guy Standing. Why do we work? To earn a living or to stop living? In this chapter of Soy Cámara, Yann Moulier Boutang delves into the history of work, of exploitation and of the disciplinary domination of capitalism; Guy Standing tackles the precariat (a concept he developed himself) and contemporary labour alienation and Judy Wajcman alerts us to the risk of acceleration at work. If the majority of people are unhappy with their job, why do we continue to put our faith in working? What do the new forms of work tell us about the new forms of social domination?

The question, “Why do we work?” was the main subject of the VIth Philosophical Meeting in Barcelona, coordinated by Xavier Bassas and Felip Martí-Jufresa in the CCCB, Arts Santa Mónica and the French Institute from 14 to 16 of October 2015. The Yann Moulier-Boutang and Cristina Carrasco interviews were possible in the frame of this meetings. 

Duration / year:   20' (2016)
Directing, script and editing: Fèlix Pérez-Hita
Entrevistas, documentación, producción: Fèlix Pérez-Hita, Andrés Hispano, Ingrid Guardiola

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Authors: Fèlix Pérez-Hita

23 June 2016