A ‘Post-Work’ World: Geographical Engagements with the Future of Work

Julie MacLeavy, Andrew C Lapworth

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This article reviews geographical research on labour market changes that pose a challenge to ‘work’ as a compelling category of analysis. Drawing inspiration from feminist scholarship that has sought to develop a frame for thinking about the concept of work so that other activities outside employment are recognised, it critically considers what everyday practices of work, including domestic and reproductive labour, can teach us about the realities and futures of contemporary capitalism. While ‘work’ has long served as a presumed norm or telos of ‘development’, this article considers the prospect of the ‘end of work’ and of a specific type of accompanying capitalist society. It outlines the challenges for policy making in bringing forth a ‘post-work’ world without cementing social and economic inequality.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)310-316
JournalPolitical Quarterly
Issue number2
Early online date22 Nov 2019
Publication statusPublished - 2020


  • Automation
  • Feminism
  • Feminist Geography
  • Gender
  • Post-Work
  • Work


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