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Labour centrism as a lifestyle: limits of the labour's possibilities of people

TERRA ECONOMICUS, , Vol. 13 (no. 3),

During the history the attitude to labor has evolved: the labor has gone through the periods of contempt, worship, adoration and alienation. Where the working humankind has come at the turn of XX–XXI centuries? On the one hand, there is «the labour crisis in its classical understanding», from the other – the labourcentrism and workaholism as its consequence. Working every day, without any limits and stoppages, the beloved work, but exhausting in the pursuit of the career, enrichment, success – all this makes the situation in the labour sphere more dangerous physically and psychologically. Workaholism today is believed to be not only the negative consequence in the labour relations, but a disease. The labour stops being hard, but remains being stressful and tense enough, leads to tiredness in case of overtime work. Despite the predictions that technological development will lead to an increase of free time, the society becomes more labourcentric. Humankind suffers from the lack of free time and in the same time cannot properly use it. Inconsistency of the current situation in the field of labour shows itself in social dependency enhanced by the results of the welfare and paternalism politics. In conditions of the postindustrial labor transformation the social dependence is replaced by the danger of inactivity, with which investigators contrast labourcentrism and workaholism. What defines the contemporary attitude to labour? Why the ambivalent perception of labouris being formed, one of the pole of which is idleness and evasion of work, and other is workaholism and chronic overwork?

Keywords: labour; society; overwork culture;lifestyle; dependence

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