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A Contribution to a Critique of the Concept Playbour

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The relation between play and labour has been touched upon by many thinkers during the capitalist era. The concepts have been thought of as contradictory by some and as having certain constructive or creative attributes in common by others. For some conservative thinkers the political aim has been to maintain the two realms apart (Huizinga 1955) and some radicals in the 1960s wanted to infuse society, characterized by labour, with playing modes of life (Situationist International 1958; Debord 1967, 15, 113–117), while yet others have wanted to see a shrinking of the necessary hard labour and an increasing realm of freedom built on a synthesis of play and work into a higher unity characterized by attractive or pleasurable productivity (Marx 1909, 954–955; Marx 1973, 611–612, 711–712).

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Lund, A. (2015). A Contribution to a Critique of the Concept Playbour. In: Fisher, E., Fuchs, C. (eds) Reconsidering Value and Labour in the Digital Age. Dynamics of Virtual Work Series. Palgrave Macmillan, London. https://doi.org/10.1057/9781137478573_4

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