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Work: A History of How We Spend Our Time

James Suzman

A revolutionary new history of humankind through the prism of work, from the origins of life on Earth to our ever-more automated present

The work we do brings us meaning, moulds our values, determines our social status and dictates how we spend most of our time. But this wasn't always the case: for 95% of our species' history, work held a radically different importance.

How, then, did work become the central organisational principle of our societies? How did it transform our bodies, our environments, our views on equality and our sense of time? And why, in a time of material abundance, are we working more than ever before?


James Suzman is an anthropologist and the author of Affluence Without Abundance: The disappearing world of the Bushmen published by Bloomsbury in 2017. He is the nephew of Janet Suzman and great-nephew of Helen Suzman. He is based in Cambridge, UK.

Category:  History
ISBN:  9781526605016
Publisher:  Bloomsbury Publishing
On sale:  October 2020
Format:  Paperback
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