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Needs, creativity, and care: Adorno and the future of work

Needs, creativity, and care: Adorno and the future of work
Needs, creativity, and care: Adorno and the future of work
This paper attempts to show how Adorno’s thought can illuminate our reflections on the future of work. It does so by situating Adorno’s conception of genuine activity in relation to his negativist critical epistemology and his subtle account of the distinction between true and false needs. What emerges is an understanding of work that can guide our aspirations for the future of work, and one we illustrate via discussions of creative work and care work. These are types of work which cater to persistent human needs, albeit ones that are distorted under present social conditions. Adorno’s thought helps us to understand why this is the case.
1350-5084
Reeves, Craig
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Sinnicks, Matthew
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Reeves, Craig
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Sinnicks, Matthew
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Reeves, Craig and Sinnicks, Matthew (2022) Needs, creativity, and care: Adorno and the future of work. Organization. (In Press)

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This paper attempts to show how Adorno’s thought can illuminate our reflections on the future of work. It does so by situating Adorno’s conception of genuine activity in relation to his negativist critical epistemology and his subtle account of the distinction between true and false needs. What emerges is an understanding of work that can guide our aspirations for the future of work, and one we illustrate via discussions of creative work and care work. These are types of work which cater to persistent human needs, albeit ones that are distorted under present social conditions. Adorno’s thought helps us to understand why this is the case.

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Accepted/In Press date: 26 November 2022

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Local EPrints ID: 472992
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/472992
ISSN: 1350-5084
PURE UUID: 0db9611e-0b4c-42bd-98b9-34c46b6b716b
ORCID for Matthew Sinnicks: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0003-2588-5821

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Date deposited: 06 Jan 2023 17:45
Last modified: 22 Mar 2023 05:01

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Author: Craig Reeves
Author: Matthew Sinnicks ORCID iD

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