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LABRST 1C03 Lecture Notes - Barter, Deskilling


Department
Labour Studies
Course Code
LABRST 1C03
Professor
David Bush

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Capitalism and Work
1
Capitalism and Work
January 10 2013: Lecture 1
What is the purpose of work?
To get money/wages to purchase things
Gain skills
What is work?
Work is a central human activity involving the shaping of raw material to transform the
conditions of our own existence
o Ex. Turning
Productive labour
Work for monetary remuneration (wage work)
Work that produces commodities (services, production) for exchange rather than for
use
o You are exchanging your labour to produce the commodity for the company
Modern conception of work
Production for Use
Production for Exchange
Food
Cleaning
Craft
Cooking
Anything for your own use
Ex. Your own hobbies
For money
For barter
For trade
Anything for the use of others
Ex. Businesses
Reproductive labour
Reproductive labour is work for use. This type of work is not for wages but for your own
benefit
o Ex. Cleaning your kitchen in order to cook your next meal
It is work that sustains daily life
Allows is to engage in productive labour
Gendered
o Majority of reproductive labour in our society is primarily done by women
In essence women are working 2 jobs and are only getting paid for one
(Their own career and the work done at home)
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