Non Stop Inertia

Non Stop Inertia

by Ivor Southwood


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In our culture of short-term work, mobile communications an rolling media it seems we are always on the move; but are w really getting anywhere? Non-Stop Inertia argues that this appearance of restless activity conceals and indeed maintains a deep paralysis of thought and action, and that rather than being unquestionable or inevitable, the environment of personal flexibility and perpetual crisis which we now inhabit is ideologically constructed. Written from inside this system of precarious employment and debt-driven subjectivity, illustrating its arguments with actual examples and using theory to make connections and unlock meanings, the book shows how in our constant anxious pursuit of work and leisure we are running on the spot against a scrolling CGI backdrop. As performative labourers full-time jobseekers, social networkers and consumer-citizens, we are so preoccupied by the business of 'being ourselves' that our real identities are forgotten and our dreams of resistance buried.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781846945304
Publisher: Hunt, John Publishing
Publication date: 03/16/2011
Pages: 106
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Non-Stop Inertia 7

Precarity 2.0 15

Emotional Labour 23

Non-Places 31

Virtual Mobility 37

From Unemployment to 'Jobseeking' 43

The Privatisation of Unemployment 49

Jobseeking as Career 57

Mind the Gap 63

Predictable Unpredictability 75

Ways Out 79

Notes 89

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