Bullshit Jobs: A Theory

Category: Book
By (author): Graeber, David
Subject:  BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Careers / General
  BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Personal Success
  SOCIAL SCIENCE / Anthropology / Cultural & Social
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Published: May 2019
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 368
Size: 8.37in x 5.50in x 1.20in
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From The Publisher*From bestselling writer David Graeber-"a master of opening up thought and stimulating debate" (Slate)-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 one million online views in seventeen different languages, people all over the world are still debating the answer.

There are hordes 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. "Clever and charismatic" (The New Yorker), 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 and "a thought-provoking examination of our working lives" (Financial Times).
Review Quote*"Clever and charismatic."-The New Yorker
Review Quote*"One of our most important and provocative thinkers..."-Cory Doctorow
Review Quote*"Graeber is an American anthropologist with a winning combination of talents: he's a startlingly original thinker...able to convey complicated ideas with wit and clarity."-The Telegraph (UK)
Review Quote*"A brilliant, deeply original political thinker…"-Rebecca Solnit
Review Quote*"A master of opening up thought and stimulating debate."-Slate
Review Quote*"Graeber wants us to unshackle ourselves from the limits imposed by bureaucracy, precisely so we can actually get down to openly and creatively arguing about our collective future."-NPR
Review Quote*"A thought-provoking examination of our working lives."-Financial Times
Review Quote*"Buoyed by a sense of recognition, the reader happily follows Graeber in his fun attempts to categorize bulls--- jobs into Goons, Flunkies, Box Tickers, Duct Tapers, and Taskmasters, which inevitably bleed together into Complex Multiform Bulls--- Jobs. It's funny, albeit painful, that we've gotten work so wrong and spend so much time at it."-Bloomberg.com
Review Quote*Praise for DEBT: The First 5000 Years

"Fresh...fascinating... Graeber's book is not just thought provoking, but also exceedingly timely."-Gillian Tett, The Financial Times

"The book is more readable and entertaining than I can indicate... It is a meditation on debt, tribute, gifts, religion and the false history of money. Graeber is a scholarly researcher, an activist and a public intellectual."-Peter Carey, The Observer