Bullshit Jobs

A Theory

Bullshit Jobs

From bestselling writer David Graeber, a powerful argument against the rise of meaningless, unfulfilling jobs, and their consequences.

Does your job make a meaningful contribution to the world? In the spring of 2013, David Graeber asked this question in a playful, provocative essay titled “On the Phenomenon of Bullshit Jobs.” It went viral. After a million online views in seventeen different languages, people all over the world are still debating the answer.

There are millions of people—HR consultants, communication coordinators, telemarketing researchers, corporate lawyers—whose jobs are useless, and, tragically, they know it. These people are caught in bullshit jobs.

Graeber explores one of society’s most vexing and deeply felt concerns, indicting among other villains a particular strain of finance capitalism that betrays ideals shared by thinkers ranging from Keynes to Lincoln. Bullshit Jobs gives individuals, corporations, and societies permission to undergo a shift in values, placing creative and caring work at the center of our culture. This book is for everyone who wants to turn their vocation back into an avocation.
  • Simon & Schuster | 
  • 368 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781501143311 | 
  • May 2018
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About the Author

David Graeber

David Graeber is an anthropologist at the London School of Economics, where he holds a position created for him by Craig Calhoun, the University’s President. He is the author of DEBT: The First 5,000 Years, and a contributor to Harper’s, The Guardian, and n + 1. He lives in London and Bullshit Jobs is his first book.

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