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Bullshit Jobs

David Graeber

Bullshit Jobs

by David Graeber

Bullshit Jobs

David Graeber

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Anthropologist David Graeber examines the mechanisms that have led the modern workplace to become flooded with seemingly meaningless jobs and the ways in which this harms our society.

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Bullshit Jobs

by David Graeber

Bullshit Jobs

David Graeber

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Economist John Maynard Keynes once predicted that, by the twenty-first century, people would only need to work fifteen hours a week. However, despite constant improvements in technology and automation, people today seem to work more than ever before.

David Graeber was an anthropologist specializing in economic history. He lectured at Yale University, Goldsmiths College, and the London School of Economics. Known for his anarchist activism and involvement in the Occupy Wall Street movement, Graeber was a longtime critic of capitalism and the modern financial system.

In this book, the author examines the evolution of the modern workforce, focusing on the increasing number of managerial and service jobs that don't appear to produce any tangible benefit. Through testimonials from dozens of workers and Graeber's engaging exploration of social history, Bullshit Jobs challenges our deepest conceptions about the value and purpose of work.

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"Those who work bullshit jobs are often surrounded by honor and prestige... Yet secretly they are aware that they have achieved nothing."

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