Rubbing some thoughts together from different conversations. I’ve been talking lately with different friends and relatives. Some work in industries which are broadly reproductive – healthcare, education, food, domestic service. Of course in a very general sense most work reproduces society and life but I think these sorts of jobs have more direct or at least very particular roles in social reproduction and individual and familial reproduction – in the case of healthcare, including reproduction in the biological sense.
I’ve been thinking about this in terms of the autonomists’ and others’ ideas about refusal of work and among other things about Andrew’s comments about anti-socialness with regard to Tiqqun. I think refusal of work is no surprise and can be a lot of fun and sometimes much more than that. On the other hand, I’m starting to have some doubts when it comes to the commodification of key parts of social and individual reproduction. Clearly refusal of work within this sort of work would in some scenarios be quite problematic.