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Crafting alternatives to capitalist labor

Multiple calls exist to profoundly change capitalist provisioning systems and business models to help address unique socio-ecological challenges of the 21 century (e.g. Faning et al, 2020; Nesterova, 2020). Reenvisaging work, the way it is organized, constructed and valued, is essential for reimagining these structures. Degrowth, post-growth and post-capitalist streams of literature have been discussing alternatives to the capitalist work for years, but mostly either on high theoretical level, envisioning, for example, societies free of labor, or on the level of macroeconomics and policies such us universal basic income. Yet to date, empirically grounded, micro politics of work are less well represented in these academic debates. We identify craft work as a promising field to bridge this empirical gap. As the nature of craft work includes a desire to find alternatives to capitalist models of consumption and production, and tackle environmental and social crisis (Hodson, 2001; Luckman, 2015; Parker et al., 2014), the craft scholarship holds a potential to expand our understanding of work in beyond capitalist economy. In this paper we: (i) perform critical literature review on work in post-capitalist and degrowth scholarship, as well as in craft literature; (ii) bring these strands of literature in conversation with the aim to advance our imaginaries of the future of work and transition pathways towards the vision of dealienated labor.


Day: 2023-08-31
Start time: 12:15
Duration: 00:15
Room: ZV-8-5
Type: Paper Presentation
Theme: Alternative economies


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