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Bullshit Jobs: The Rise of Pointless Work, and What We Can Do About It Paperback – 19 Feb 2019

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Press; 1 edition (19 February 2019)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141983477
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141983479
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.1 x 19.8 cm
  • Boxed-product Weight: 259 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,853 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Spectacular and terrifyingly true. David Graeber's theory of the broken capitalist workforce is right - work has become an end in itself. A timely book from the most provocative anthropologist and thinker of our time. (Owen Jones)

Equally explosive, my anarchist friend, David Graeber, yet again has thrown a hand grenade into the political economy debate with his Bullshit Jobs (Allen Lane), a call to strike out for freedom from meaningless work. (John McDonnell New Statesman, Books of the Year)

Here's a gift for a friend working in PR or HR. David Graeber's thesis is that they are working in"bullshit jobs". A bullshit job, he says, is one that its holder knows to be pointless or pernicious even though they must pretend otherwise. There are five sorts: flunkies (commissionaires, receptionists), goons (lobbyists, lawyers), duct tapers (who sort out problems others have created), box tickers, and taskmasters (management). It's a provocative case ... but you get the feeling he is on to something; there do seem to be a lot of pointless jobs in the modern economy (Robbie Millen The Times, Books of the Year)

Anthropologist David Graeber embarks on a provocative quest to find and explain the existence of countless mindless and pointless roles. He divides them into "flunkies", "goons", "duct-tapers", "box-tickers", and "taskmasters". It is an entertaining, if subjective study of a problem and an examination of potential answers, including a universal basic income. (Andrew Hill Financial Times, Business Book of the Year)

Anthropology professor and colourful anarchist David Graeber has opened a Pandora's box of the modern era by questioning the relevance of the swollen ranks of middle management and bullshit jobs that have cropped up across a variety of industries. A controversial but thought-provoking endeavour (City AM Book of the Year)

An LSE anthropologist with a track record of countering economic myths through a mix of anecdote, erudition, and political radicalism, Graeber is as good an analyst of the increasingly cowpatted field of modern employment as one could wish. And entertaining and thoroughly depressing read... it is extremely thought-provoking (Tim Smith-Laing Telegraph)

A provocative, funny and engaging book... that captures the imagination and deserves our attention (Financial Times)

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Huge swathes of people spend their days performing tasks they secretly believe are not really necessary. This book shows why, and what we can do about it.

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