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Dead Man Working

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  96 Ratings  ·  14 Reviews
Capitalism has become strange. Ironically, while the age of work seems to have come to an end, working has assumed a total presence a worker s society in the worst sense of the term where everyone finds themselves obsessed with it. So what does the worker tell us today? "I feel drained, empty dead." This book tells the story of the dead man working. It follows this figure ...more
ebook, 83 pages
Published May 25th 2012 by John Hunt Publishing (first published May 16th 2012)
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Sep 03, 2014 rated it liked it
Polemic attacking corporate culture, and the human malaise and “non-living” it promotes. The parts on “fun” in the office and teambuilding exercises are excellent, as is the analysis of the colonisation of workers’ interests/identity as a substitute for a meaningful work culture/values that corporations are incapable of developing themselves - “just be yourself”. It also touches on the “pseudo counter-capitalist values conveyed in the Corporate Social Responsibility discourse…”. This in turn is ...more
Peter Geyer
It's hard to know where to start with this slim text, a combination of philosophy and polemic, with some research thrown in, not because it's a complex work, but because of what it says and how it goes about it. The title itself is about people losing themselves in a real sense to the workplace, more specifically corporations and the associated management methods, but also, quite uncomfortably, about those who commit suicide because of the nature of their work and how theer workplaces deal with ...more
There is a turn of phrase that is seeming its way into analyses of working lives and work itself of late – ‘life itself is put to work’ (I have used it in some of my writing). For the most part, we use to show that work has taken over our lives and that there are increased rates of exploitation through never being not at work; we also tend to use it in analyses of the cultural, service and information-based industries.

Cederström and Fleming have done us a service in this short essay by shifting
Sam Orndorff
Feb 12, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great polemic, full force logic against the illogic of Capital. The scope is decidedly narrow and includes/is directed towards mainly North American middle class white collar types. It is effective in that range but falls short of a comprehensive critique (it's an essay really, 70 pages). Also lacks references or citations of any kind which irks me. Read if you like Zizek
Chris Henden
not sure it is as bad as all that. People and reality tend to thwart the bleakness.

I've put more distance between myself and this book. Which makes me realise that academics attempting to be creative are the last people you should turn to for a sense of perspective.
Tara Brabazon
Jun 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a ripper of a book. Rather than sex and death, the focus of this fine polemic is work and death. Working death. Death through working. The complete and utter incapacity to discover an 'outside' to work demonstrates that exploitation is inevitable and death is the only solution to exploitation.

Depressing book. But the powerful interpretation of management consultancy - breathing life into deadly ruthless working routines - remains a key critique of the narratives that attempt to transform de
Jul 08, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, owned
I'm not entirely sure what I was expecting from this book - but it's a good discussion of late capitalism and why we all feel so dead and helpless inside as both workers and agents in society. This book discusses the social ill of liberation management, the inconvenience of being yourself, and the way to commit suicide that most effectively says f*ck you to your boss.

An entertaining and quick read, I would totally recommend this to any person who hates working for a living. (JK that's everyone
Neil Griffin
Parts of this were a very interesting look at how modern corporations try to muddy the line between work and life to increase productivity and mine your personal skills as a tool to increase profits. Other parts were rather stale "provocative" academic arguments about symbolic suicide and the like, through the lens of Lacon and all of these thinkers I read about in school. I still recommend this due to the simple argument they make and some of the funny examples they use to illustrate it.
Emmet O'Cuana
Sep 05, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Something of a wake-up for for the overworked working class, not to mention the fading middle class, this is an interesting and engaging read.

I had the good fortune of interviewing the authors on the book itself -
Frank Thun
Apr 01, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
bad polemics
Heather Clitheroe
An interesting analysis and cultural critique of the conditions of work and capitalism, but it falls short of offering much in the way of solutions or, at the very least, modes of resistance.
Michal Stransky
Lets think about the tragedy of capitalism and money from different point of view. From point of view that has ones who after loosing "what capitalism see as important" choose to finish thayer lives.
Oct 05, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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“Entering the workforce is like entering the grave … From then on, nothing happens and you have to pretend to be interested in your work.” 0 likes
“When the economy of work infects one’s early morning dreams, spills over into booze-soaked weekends and reduces almost every social relation to a cold cash exchange, workers are the first to realize that life becomes evacuated, a perpetual living absence no matter how many smiley-faces dot the cubicle.” 0 likes
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