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Female workers in the informal sector

WIEGO: The informal economy is often stigmatized as a "shadow economy" and characterized as illegal and unethical. Such generalization is unfair to the vast majority of two billion informal workers trying to earn a decent living.

Societies that prioritize care

Talia Schaffer: Communities of Care: The Social Ethics of Victorian Fiction

CARE: If you think reading 1800th-century British novels does not have much to contribute to the current political situation, you are wrong. Talia Schaffer shows how our thinking about care, help and health work already existed in the middle of the Victorian era.

Meaningless work

Dennis Nørmark, Anders Fogh Jensen: Pseudo-work – how did we get busy doing nothing

WORK: Why are some "incompetent" employees deliberately set to do meaningless tasks? And are all the leaders as important as their high salaries suggest?

A truly solidary and subversive feminism – who do you work for?

Susan Ferguson: Women and Work. Feminism, Labor and Social Reproduction

WORK: "Working under capitalism is devastating to people, you die a little inside every time you go to work for someone else."

The joy of the work of others

Salome Aguilera Svirsky: The Process Genre. Cinema and the Aesthetics of Labor

DO IT YOURSELF: Author Salomé Aguilera Svirsky dissects and refines a visual genre we know but have not learned to appreciate.

ON THE BASIS OF KNOWLEDGE: The possibilities of the Citizens' Assembly

INNOVATION: What are "civic assemblies" as political tools? They are now used to ensure a universal consensus and propose solutions that everyone will perceive as meaningful – even in times of crisis.

David Graeber (1961–2020)

Obituary:: David Graeber died recently. MODERN TIMES chooses for once to bring an obituary – here over the anarchist who wanted to change our usual notions of what is possible and impossible, right and wrong, normal and strange.

The value of man in the unemployed society

Daniel Susskind: A World Without Work: Technology, Automation and How We Should Respond

LIFE: How are we going to be able to live a meaningful life in a world without work, where everything is automated and education no longer leads to work?

A society built on artificial intelligence

UTOPI OR FUTURE: Is artificial intelligence and automation a lifeline or a threat to society?

The unproductive attention

: What distinguishes the artist from what we usually understand as the worker? Yes – the artist can be unproductive when she works.