The existence of modern law has always been predicated upon the subject as labourer. The ontology of work and the economics of value underpin the legal institution in forms so profound as to frequently escape notice. Labour constitutes the social and institutes the person and the changing character and aspects of work urgently need to be tracked, and their laws adumbrated, in their diverse new spheres. In contemporary Europe, labour is more than a mere economic relationship. Indeed, labour occupies a central position in human existence: since the industrial revolution, it has been the principal criterion of reciprocal recognition and of universal mobilization. This multi-disciplinary volume analyses labour in its interaction with the latest legal, socio-economic and political tendencies. Addressing such issues as deregulation, flexibility, de-industrialization, the pervasive enlargement of markets, digitization and virtual relationships, social polarisation and migratory fluxes, this volume engage the existential role played by labour in our lives at the conjunction of law and the humanities.
Introduction: I work, therefore I am? (Angela Condello and Tiziano Toracca) Part I: Law and Philosophy 1. The Future of Work (Marc De Vos) 2. Migrants, Hegel and Fichte: On Working and Being, Emiliano Acosta 3. European Labour Law and the Fragmentation of the Contemporary Subject (Oronzo Mazzotta) 4. Policies of active inclusion and the construction of a workers’ mentality: Human rights as an instrument of neoliberalism? (Anja Eleveld) 5. De-constituting the European Worker. The vanishing worker in the perpetual motion of the European Social Constitution (Luke Mason) 6. The Ontology of Labor (Enrico Terrone) 7. Work, the object of satisfaction and enjoyment (Gertrudis Van de Vijver) 8. From Capital to Documediality (Maurizio Ferraris) 9. Work as an instrument to achieve transgenerational justice (Tiziana Andina) 10. Migrants Working and the Possibility of a Groundless Legal Subject (Anastasia Tataryn) 11. Action and Contemplation in the era of the Web 4.0 (Angela Condello) Part II: Literature and Cinema 12. From Text to Work: or, Operation Without Production (David Ayers) 13. The refusal of the work in the Italian Literature: from Vogliamo tutto (1971) to Works (2016) (Silvia Contarini) 14. Deux jours, une nuit & La loi du marché: the tactical withdrawal of authority (John Marks) 15. A new name and a new job, that’s what he’d like’ Identity, Labour and Precarity, 1915-2015 (Morag Shiach) 16. Braindrain or cosmopolitan elite? Labor and identity in webseries on Italian expats in Europe (Monica Jansen) 17. Inactivity and its disadvantages: voices from the ancient Rome (Emanuele Pinelli) 18. The Fragile Identity of the Academic Precariat in Contemporary Italian Cinema (Alberto Baracco) 19. The contemporary super hero goes to work, and he works in team (Mara Santi) 20. Works by Vitaliano Trevisan and the literary representation of precarious work (Carlo Baghetti) 21. Living for working: employees in European modernist novels (Massimiliano Tortora) 22. The Intimacy of Labour within the Novel (Tiziano Toracca)