Which would be better: a society in which all adults capable of working were guaranteed a well-paid job or a society in which people were not forced to sell their labor to live a decent life?
Dive into this riveting discussion by joining us for Good Jobs Versus a Post-Work Society: Diverse Meanings of Work in a Good Life, a talk by Dr. Claudia Strauss, Professor of Anthropology at Pitzer College. Dr. Strauss will provide insights about the dynamics of work in the “bigger picture” of life, which will be informative for students interested in the future of work.
Progressives disagree about which work-life vision to fight for. The laborist left prefers job guarantees with social protections tied to jobs, while the post-work left prefers income guarantees that enable adults to devote less time to paid work. There are also similar divides among conservative thinkers. However, in interviewing unemployed southern Californians from diverse backgrounds and occupations, Dr. Strauss found that ordinary Americans have more nuanced views about the place of waged work in a good life. In this talk, she will argue that their ways of thinking about work are preferable to either laborist or post-work visions.
Claremont Discourse lectures are free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be provided starting at 4 pm.
Established in 1998, the Claremont Discourse lecture series is a forum for faculty at The Claremont Colleges to present current research, publications, and creative projects from a wide variety of disciplines. For more information or if you would like to suggest a topic for a future Claremont Discourse lecture, please reach out at [email protected].