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Post-Work, Post-Capitalism and the Fourth Industrial Revolution

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The chapter addresses arguments about Italian Workerism, post-capitalism, post-work, universal basic income and the politics of abundance. It moves beyond current conceptualisations of the fourth Industrial Revolution (4th IR) to develop a politically informed analysis that can inform a critical, if not transformative praxis. Labour market analysts refuse the suggestion that labour is being expelled from paid employment. There is a tension between those who experience and bemoan precariousness, intermittent and under-employment and those for whom all of life is centred around work. For some this had led to their expulsion from waged labour, whilst for others it has led to its intensification. The 4th IR is presented as inevitable, silencing the manner in which it relates to the development of capitalism and its articulation with class struggle. The chapter calls for an expansive understanding of both class and vocational education and training.

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This chapter draws in part on my ‘Socio-technical imaginary of the fourth industrial revolution and its implications for vocational education and training: a literature review’, published in the Journal of Vocational Education & Training, 2018. 70:3, 337–63, https://doi.org/10.1080/13636820.2018.1498907

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Avis, J. (2020). Post-Work, Post-Capitalism and the Fourth Industrial Revolution. In: Vocational Education in the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Palgrave Pivot, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-52032-8_4

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