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Non Stop Inertia

Non Stop Inertia In our culture of short term work mobile communications an rolling media it seems we are always on the move but are w really getting anywhere Non Stop Inertia argues that this appearance of restless

  • Title: Non Stop Inertia
  • Author: Ivor Southwood
  • ISBN: 9781846945304
  • Page: 158
  • Format: Paperback
  • In our culture of short term work, mobile communications an rolling media it seems we are always on the move but are w really getting anywhere Non Stop Inertia argues that this appearance of restless activity conceals and indeed maintains a deep paralysis of thought and action, and that rather than being unquestionable or inevitable, the environment of personal flexibiliIn our culture of short term work, mobile communications an rolling media it seems we are always on the move but are w really getting anywhere Non Stop Inertia argues that this appearance of restless activity conceals and indeed maintains a deep paralysis of thought and action, and that rather than being unquestionable or inevitable, the environment of personal flexibility and perpetual crisis which we now inhabit is ideologically constructed Written from inside this system of precarious employment and debt driven subjectivity, illustrating its arguments with actual examples and using theory to make connections and unlock meanings, the book shows how in our constant anxious pursuit of work and leisure we are running on the spot against a scrolling CGI backdrop As performative labourers full time jobseekers, social networkers and consumer citizens, we are so preoccupied by the business of being ourselves that our real identities are forgotten and our dreams of resistance buried.

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    1 thought on “Non Stop Inertia

    1. a good, short introduction to some of the theory, and some of the general experiences, around precarity, but I question the conclusion that the solution to the problem is to draw attention to the inauthenticity/performativity/emotional labour of the exchanges and transactions of jobseeking and precarious labour by acting camp: this comes across more as a personal coping mechanism even in the writing, and an individualistic response to an individualising system hardly seems like a winning strateg [...]

    2. A finely done and demoralizing look at work and life in an urban setting. Southwood makes the good point that the conveniences of laptops and smart phones, the ability the work away from an office or to be an entrepreneur in one's own home, simply extend the tentacles of labour into what used to be the domain of leisure. His examination of precarity - the fragile nature of jobs, primarily in the manufacturing, warehouse and service sectors - is based on his own experiences and bolstered through [...]

    3. Pretty grim reading. Concerns itself more with blue collar employment than white, and offers few real solutions (I'm not sure that "camp" is going to be very effective in the long run), but worth a look to understand the oppressive daily grind of temporary employment and benefit claiming. Only leaves the question of, given the author's evident academic intelligence and ability, why can he not find a gainful occupation?

    4. Ivor Southwood writes with deep intelligence--a rare thing. This book goes well with Zygmunt Bauman's books on liquid modernity and the culture of dissolve.

    5. Really interesting format (theory and autobiographical stories about being a temp), and will resonate with some people who are unemployed and underemployed. I do wish the author had covered neoliberalism a bit more, but overall this was a great read.

    6. This was an insightful book about the topic of work, and specifically, the nature of the 21st century labour market.

    7. Märker mig vara så inskolad i detta han för kritik emot. Men det skapar också en djup frustration i mig, och en tacksamhet över att ha haft tur.

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