'After twenty years of pessimism and social resignation to neo-liberal
policies, it is refreshing to read Andre Gorz's life-enhancing vision of an
alternative society. He stimulates our imaginative faculties and challenges us
to join him in the construction of feasible socio-economic policies. His
capacity to see beyond the negativity of the present places him firmly in thegrand tradition of utopian thought.'
Frankel, author of
The Post Industrial Utopians
'In this brilliant, challenging and well-written book, Andre Gorz provides us
with an incisive analysis of the crisis confronting globalizing post-industrialsocieties in a world of jobless growth and social disintegration. He offers
practical proposals to overcome this crisis as well as an attractive
alternative political ecological vision of how economic and social life can bebrought back under democratic control.'
Bob Jessop, Lancaster University
'Andre Gorz is a key contributor to debates about the future of work. Thisbook shows how technological progress can be reconciled with economicsecurity and social equity. A new social order beckons – a "culture-based"society, in which the economy is servant rather than master. Have we the
imagination and courage to grasp Gorz's challenge?'
The University of Sydney
Over the last twenty-five years, Western societies have been reversing into
the future, able neither to reproduce themselves in accordance with pastnorms nor to exploit the unprecedented freedom offered by the savings inworking time that new technology has generated. In this major new book,
Andre Gorz argues that Fordist societies have given way to 'non-societies',
in which a tiny dominant stratum has grabbed most of the surplus wealth.
He claims that we are in the grip of a new system which is abolishing work
as we know it and restoring the worst forms of exploitation. But he argues
that we should fight not against the destruction of work itself, but against
efforts to perpetuate the ideology of work as a source of rights.
is a leading social and political thinker and author of manybooks, including Critique of
Paths to Paradise.