Work: A History of How We Spend Our Time


We live in a society where work defines who we are, what we do, and who we spend our time with. But this wasn’t always the case. For 95% of our history, our ancestors had a radically different view of its importance; hunter gatherers rarely worked more than fifteen hours per week. How did work become the central organisational principle of our societies? What are the social, economic and environmental consequences of a culture of work? And what might a world where work plays a far less important role look like? In this major book, James Suzman charts a natural and cultural history of work.

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A revolutionary new history of humankind through the prism of work, from the origins of life on Earth to our ever-more automated present‘A fascinating exploration that challenges our basic assumptions of what work means’ Yuval Noah Harari‘One of those few books that will turn your customary ways of thinking upside down’ Susan CainThe work we do brings us meaning, moulds our values, determines our social status and dictates how we spend most of our time. But this wasn’t always the case: for 95% of our species’ history, work held a radically different importance.How, then, did work become the central organisational principle of our societies? How did it transform our bodies, our environments, our views on equality and our sense of time? And why, in a time of material abundance, are we working more than ever before?

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Weight 0.822 kg
Dimensions 23.4 × 15.3 × 4.5 cm










306.3609 (edition:23)


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