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Law, Labour and the Humanities
Contemporary European Perspectives

ISBN 9781032086965
Published June 30, 2021 by Routledge
312 Pages 5 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

The ontology of work and the economics of value underpin the legal institution, with the existence of modern law predicated upon the subject as labourer.

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 and its depictions in their interaction with the latest legal, socio-economic, political and artistic 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 engages with the existential role played by labour in our lives at the conjunction of law and the humanities.

This book will be of interest to law students, legal philosophers, theoretical philosophers, political philosophers, social and political theorists, labour studies scholars, and literature and film scholars.

Table of Contents



Angela Condello, Tiziano Toracca: I work, therefore I am?

Part I: Law and Philosophy

  1. Acosta Emiliano: Migrants, Marx, Descartes, Fichte and Hegel: On Working and Being
  2. Andina Tiziana: Work, Pensions and Transgenerational Justice
  3. Condello Angela: The Disclosure of Humanity: Challenges of the Digital Turn
  4. De Vos Marc: How the future of work can work for the workers
  5. Eleveld Anja: Europe and the Construction of a Worker Mentality: Human Rights as an Instrument of Neoliberal Government? The Case of Dutch Labour Activation Programmes for Welfare Recipients
  6. Ferraris Maurizio: From Capital to Documediality
  7. Mason Luke: On working and being: the legal metaphysics of labour and the constitutional errors of Social Europe
  8. Tataryn Anastasia: Irregular Migrants at Work and the Groundless Legal Subject
  9. Terrone Enrico: The Ontology of Labor
  10. Van de Vijver Gertrudis: Objectivity, repetition, and the search for satisfaction
  11. Part II: Literature and Cinema

  12. Ayers David: From Text to Work: or, Operation Without Production
  13. Baghetti Carlo: Works by Vitaliano Trevisan and the Representation of Work in the Neo-Liberal Age
  14. Baracco Alberto: I Can Quit Whenever I Want. The Academic Precariat in Italian Cinema
  15. Contarini Silvia: The refusal of the work in the Italian Literature: from Vogliamo tutto (1971) to Works (2016)
  16. Jansen Monica: Labour and identity in documentary web series on new Italian emigrants
  17. Marks John: Deux jours, une nuit and La loi du marché: the tactical withdrawal of government and capital
  18. Santi Mara: When The Flash said: "We were all struck by that lightning". Work and the Contemporary Superhero TV-Shows
  19. Shiach Morag: A new name and a new job, that’s what he’d like’ Identity, Labour and Precarity, 1915-2015
  20. Toracca Tiziano: In the name of a loss: work and the contradictions of contemporary literary imaginary

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Tiziano Toracca is a literary scholar, Visiting Professor at the Department of

Literary Studies, Gent University and Research Fellow at the University of Torino.

Angela Condello is a legal philosopher, Adjunct Professor and Research Fellow at

the University of Torino, the Principal Investigator of a Jean Monnet Module and

the Director of LabOnt Law.