4: informational

Another thing I found important, yet lacking, in the interviews, was a good grasp of how our society views work and the unspoken beliefs we subscribe to. In this section, I supply a few informational resources that I think are fascinating to read if you’re interested in why we work and how that’s changed throughout time (and will continue to change!)

1. Actipedia (Corporate Power)

Actipedia is an online resource that showcases creative and intellectual projects in regards to a number of different social topics. This section is particularly on corporate power. Look into the different ways we look at work and corporate power, through creativity, art and critical analysis. One of my favorites is Steve Lambert’s “Capitalism Works for Me!”

2. Who Rules America? by Dr. G. William Domhoff

A history of labor unions from Dr. William Domhoff, UCSC.

3. Articles

4. Capital: A Critique of Political Economy (Karl Marx)

A foundational theoretical text in materialist philosophy, critique of political economy and politics by Karl Marx. To understand modern labor laws and labor relations, there’s no better place to start. Marx has long been misinterpreted and has developed a persona that seems to be synonymous with socialism in our modern day dialogue. However, Capital uncovers the economic systems that lead to real implications on our social relations as well as economic structure. It’s also just very interesting, even if you don’t believe it. If you’re interested in work and the systems of work in our society, I encourage you to give it a try.

5. The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism (Max Weber)

Sociological theory everyone should read! Weber’s The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism outlines how history (particularly the rise of Protestantism) impacts our modern day condition.