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The Harms of WorkAn Ultra-Realist Account of the Service Economy$
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Anthony Lloyd

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781529204018

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781529204018.001.0001

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The violence of ideology

The violence of ideology

(p.137) Seven The violence of ideology
The Harms of Work

Anthony Lloyd

Policy Press

This chapter asks a simple question – if we know the problematic nature of capitalism and its attendant harms and inequalities, why can’t we fix it? The answer lies in an account of ideology which lies in action, not thought – we know there are problems but act as if we do not. The disavowal of problematic working conditions – and other significant issues such as environmental harm, migration and automation – makes it difficult to challenge the status quo and enact meaningful change. The search for human recognition and flourishing is hampered by the progressive search for change within the existing system rather than contemplating a different set of social relations and structures. The chapter concludes with some suggestions for ‘fixing the harms of work’ which centre around the need for social science to reconnect with analysis of political economy and problematise capitalism in a way that demands consideration of alternatives.

Keywords:   ideology, political economy, work, harm, liberalism, left politics, disavowal

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