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message 1: by Brandon (new)

Brandon " I expect even resting, as preparation for wage labor, could be called shadow work."

Wouldn't that render the term basically meaningless by being too inclusive?

Anyways, good review. I intend to read this book all the more now.

message 2: by Ian (new)

Ian Davies hi, thank you very much for the compliment, it's kind of you to say that and I'm glad to hear it!

Yes you're right, I probably am stretching its meaning to the limit by saying that. It's interesting to think about what Illich would and wouldn't have considered 'shadow work' though and I may have to re-read some of the book myself to see if I can grasp it any better!

Where I was coming from with that comment however was that, for instance, if people migrate to cities and work long hours, then for many of them there may be little to be gained (in the sense of increased independence from the market) from paying rent for a bed and sleeping on it for a few hours each night so they can re-charge just enough to go back to work in the morning! Whereas in other situations, where there's ample time allowed for it and a wider context of subsistence, then rest and relaxation could perhaps be seen more as a time for reflection and the making of plans and so on, and even for the sharing of one's self that builds bonds and reciprocal relationships in a community.

Anyway, thank you again for your comment, it's good to hear that someone else finds it as interesting as I do! I hope you enjoy the book if you do read it.


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