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The Anxious Worker

Sometimes Explode

Publisher:  libcom.org
Date Written:  05/06/2014
Year Published:  2014  
Resource Type:  Article

The author looks at the contemporary conditions of work and examines how these give rise to anxiety and depression.

Abstract:  The opening part of this three-part article outlines changes in workplace and its role in generating anxiety. In the second part of the article, the author returns to the metrics of productivity before turning to consider capitalist management of anxiety and depression in the workplace. To do this, the author touches on aspects of psychology and pharmacotherapy, as well as looking at other suggested modes of managing the unproductive bodies of "sick workers" (especially the new "Mindful Employer" scheme). In the third part of the article, the author briefly discusses modes of resisting precarity, efficiency and the colonisation of desire.


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