Bullshit Jobs by David Graeber
A Theory

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Graeber, at least to his own satisfaction, has identified the characteristics of pointless jobs. Whether they really are pointless and how society will organise itself without them are questions that require further investigation.
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From bestselling writer David Graeber, a powerful argument against the rise of meaningless, unfulfilling jobs, and their consequences.

Does your job make a meaningful contribution to the world? In the spring of 2013, David Graeber asked this question in a playful, provocative essay titled “On the Phenomenon of Bullshit Jobs.” It went viral. After a million online views in seventeen different languages, people all over the world are still debating the answer.

There are millions of people—HR consultants, communication coordinators, telemarketing researchers, corporate lawyers—whose jobs are useless, and, tragically, they know it. These people are caught in bullshit jobs.

Graeber explores one of society’s most vexing and deeply felt concerns, indicting among other villains a particular strain of finance capitalism that betrays ideals shared by thinkers ranging from Keynes to Lincoln. Bullshit Jobs gives individuals, corporations, and societies permission to undergo a shift in values, placing creative and caring work at the center of our culture. This book is for everyone who wants to turn their vocation back into an avocation.
 

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Published May 15, 2018 by Simon & Schuster. 369 pages
Genres: Business & Economics, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Andrew Anthony on May 27 2018

Graeber, at least to his own satisfaction, has identified the characteristics of pointless jobs. Whether they really are pointless and how society will organise itself without them are questions that require further investigation.

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Reviewed by Eliane Glaser on May 25 2018

The problem with Bullshit Jobs is that the first two‑thirds is essentially an elaboration of his original, brilliant intervention. Graeber uses the hundreds of messages he received in response to his essay as source material, quoting testimonies at length. This puts the cart before the horse...

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