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Post-Growth Work

Employment and Meaningful Activities within Planetary Boundaries

Irmi Seidl (Redaktør) ; Angelika Zahrnt (Redaktør)

«<p>"Wonderful book on post-growth work! It highlights work and meaningful activities as key areas of transformation for achieving a growth-independent economy. I applaud the strong emphasis on reforming the tax system: putting higher duties on the use of environmental resources, and in turn relieving wages from taxes. That also helps reduce social inequality."</p><b> </b><p><b>Ernst Ulrich von Weizsäcker,</b> <i>Honorary President of the Club of Rome, past-Co-Chair of UNEP’s International Resource Panel</i></p> <p> </p> <p>"In a time of massive ecological overshoot, when economic growth is still largely material, expansion means wealth destruction. This calls for a redefinition of work: we want work that enables all to thrive while fitting within our planet’s biophysical boundaries. Therefore, I congratulate the authors of <i>Post-Growth Work</i> for their farsighted study on work. Their arguments are at the core of dism»

This book argues that society must rethink the notion of formal employment and instead introduce and spread the notion of "meaningful work" so that societies can become independent of economic growth.


The excessive consumption of natural resources and the immense emissions resulting from our growth-oriented economic system surpass the planetary boundaries. Les mer
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This book argues that society must rethink the notion of formal employment and instead introduce and spread the notion of "meaningful work" so that societies can become independent of economic growth.


The excessive consumption of natural resources and the immense emissions resulting from our growth-oriented economic system surpass the planetary boundaries. Despite this, society and the economy still strive for economic growth in order to generate jobs, to finance the social security system and to assure tax income. However, these expectations are increasingly unrealistic, not least because technological developments such as digitalisation and robotisation will change and limit formal employment opportunities as well. Against this backdrop, the book introduces the notion of meaningful activities that embrace various kinds of work, paid and unpaid, sequential or in parallel, which are meaningful for the worker as well as society as a whole. At the same time, the authors argue in favour of reduced working time in formal employment. Furthermore, the book also describes the necessary transformations in companies and for consumers, for social and tax systems, for social services and agriculture.


Innovative and timely, this book will be a key resource for professionals and scholars interested in sustainability, economics, work, transformation and post-growth studies.
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Forlag: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Innbinding: Paperback
Språk: Engelsk
Sider: 212
ISBN: 9781032034577
Format: 22 x 14 cm
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Foreword by Tim Jackson


Foreword by the Editors





Introduction





1. Employment, Meaningful Activity and the Post-Growth Society


Irmi Seidl and Angelika Zahrnt





Part 1: The Basics





2. On the Historical Development of Work


Andrea Komlosy


3. Value-Orientation and Meaningful Activity in the Post-Growth Society


Ernst Fritz-Schubert


4. Revaluations of Work: Enabling and Combining a Diversity of Activities


Stefanie Gerold


Part 2: Employment and Meaningful Activities: Actors





5. The Role of Consumers: Social Participation Beyond Work and the Market


Corinna Fischer and Immanuel Stiess





6. The Role of Businesses in the Creation of Sustainable Work


Gerrit von Jorck and Ulf Schrader





7. Employment in the Tension between Ecology and Distributive Justice: The Role of Trade Unions


Norbert Reuter





8. Voluntary Charitable Activity: Motivation, Prerequisites, Accomplishments


Theo Wehner





Part 3: Employment and Meaningful Activities: Sectors





9. Formal and Informal Care Work


Jonas Hagedorn


10. Meaningful Activities in Agriculture: Agro-Culture as a Guiding Principle


Franz-Theo Gottwald, Irmi Seidl, and Angelika Zahrnt





11. Digitalisation and Concepts of Extended Work


Linda Nierling and Bettina-Johanna Krings





Part 4: The Socio-Economic Context





12. Social Security in the Post-Growth Society


Gisela Kubon-Gilke





13. An Employment-Friendly Tax System


Angela Koeppl and Margit Schratzenstaller





14. Work in Developing and Newly Industrialised Countries


Georg Stoll





Conclusion





15. The Prospects for Practical Action


Irmi Seidl and Angelika Zahrnt
Irmi Seidl is Head of the Research Unit Economics and Social Sciences, Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research WSL, Birmensdorf, Switzerland.


Angelika Zahrnt is Honorary Chair of Friends of the Earth Germany and Fellow at the IÖW – Institute for Ecological Economy Research, Berlin.