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Shadow Work (Open Forum Series) Hardcover – July 1, 2000

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Ivan Illich is the author of Celebration of Awareness, Tools for Conviviality, The Right to Useful Unemployment, Energy and Equity, Limits to Medicine, Shadow Work, Gender, H2O and the Waters of Forgetfulness, ABC: The Alphabetization of the Popular Mind, Disabling Professions, Deschooling Society and In the Mirror of the Past: Lectures and Addresses 1978-1990. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Product Details

  • Series: Open Forum Series
  • Hardcover: 152 pages
  • Publisher: Marion Boyars Publishers Ltd; First Edition edition (July 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0714527106
  • ISBN-13: 978-0714527109
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,676,353 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By James R. Mccall on February 27, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Here--lightly edited--is what I wrote myself about this book in 1987:



OF BOOK: In 1981.
OF AUTHOR: Tools for Conviviality, Energy and Equity, Deschooling Society, Medical Nemisis, Gender.
ON SUBJECT: Some foreshadowing of some themes (particularly the disabling effect of professions) in earlier Illich, otherwise none.

QUOTE(S): Too many, but a couple samples:

"Formally taught mother tongue professionally handled according to abstract rules had begun to compare with and encroach upon the vernacular. This gradual replacement and degradation of the vernacular by its costly counterfeit heralds the coming of the market-intensive society in which we now live."(p56)

"All over Latin America, people find it easier to perform the paid task assigned to them than to grasp what the boss means by trabajo. For most toiling unemployed in Mexico, desempleado still means the unoccupied loafer on a wellpaid job, not the unemployed whom the economist means by the term."(p101)

GENERAL IMPRESSION: Great. Transcendant.

REMARKS: This book is five separate essays, all connected by the author's concerns, which radiate from the tension between subsistence and market activities. The market bids fair to take over every area of life, swamping the vernacular in language, personal relations, and getting a living. Illich claims these are working drafts that will be subsumed in a book within three years. The time has come and gone, but no such book has appeared. Of course, he wrote 'Gender', but its focus was as the name implies, and very little of this material adumbrates that book, or is contained in it.
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By Blak Vern on August 11, 2014
Format: Paperback
indispensable in divorce proceedings for calculating "What's a 'Wife' Worth"?! Shadow Work is all the work people do who are not paid in cash! The dishes, child care etc.
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