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"Better Work" by Joshua Habgood-Coote
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“Better Work”: This delightful essay by Joshua Habgood-Coote takes as its starting point the “Umarell”, the retired man who choose to spend his days watching construction sites and roadworks on the streets of Bologna and surrounding towns. Moving from this sense of nostalgia for manual work, Josh raises key questions about craft-based reality television; the deskilling of the labour process; the degradation of work, and much more. As he concludes, “we should be concerned not just about the quantity of work which we are forced to perform, but also about the character of this work, and the role it plays in shaping the mental lives of workers.” You can read Josh’s essay here.