Tom Barker

Tom Barker is a PhD candidate in the Department of Politics and International Studies, University of Cambridge. An extended, academic version of this article is due to appear in the book, Working Ideals: Theory, Meaning and Well-Being, edited by Sigal Nagar-Ron and published by Inter-Disciplinary Press (forthcoming).

The Allure of Real Work

While some might celebrate the decline of hard physical labour across "post-industrial" service-based economies, one of the prices we have paid has been greater uncertainty and anxiety about the ultimate worth of the work we do. Tom Barker questions the assumptions underlying talk of "non-jobs" and "bullshit jobs", and in doing so asks us to interrogate our own definitions of what constitutes "real" work.