The Green New Deal and the Future of Work
by Edited by Craig Calhoun and Benjamin Y. Fong
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Pub Date 16 Aug 2022 | Archive Date 23 Nov 2022
Catastrophic climate change overshadows the present and the future. Wrenching economic transformations have devastated workers and hollowed out communities. However, those fighting for jobs and those fighting for the planet have often been at odds. Does the world face two separate crises, environmental and economic? The promise of the Green New Deal is to tackle the threat of climate change through the empowerment of working people and the strengthening of democracy. In this view, the crisis of nature and the crisis of work must be addressed together—or they will not be addressed at all.
This book brings together leading experts to explore the possibilities of the Green New Deal, emphasizing the future of work. Together, they examine transformations that are already underway and put forth bold new proposals that can provide jobs while reducing carbon consumption—building a world that is sustainable both economically and ecologically. Contributors also debate urgent questions: What is the value of a federal jobs program, or even a jobs guarantee? How do we alleviate the miseries and precarity of work? In key economic sectors, including energy, transportation, housing, agriculture, and care work, what kind of work is needed today? How does the New Deal provide guidance in addressing these questions, and how can a Green New Deal revive democracy? Above all, this book shows, the Green New Deal offers hope for a better tomorrow—but only if it accounts for work’s past transformations and shapes its future.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Craig Calhoun is University Professor of Social Sciences at Arizona State University. He was previously director of the London School of Economics and Political Science and president of the Social Science Research Council. His most recent book is Degenerations of Democracy (2022), with Dilip Gaonkar and Charles Taylor.
Benjamin Y. Fong teaches at Barrett, the Honors College at Arizona State University. He is the author of Death and Mastery: Psychoanalytic Drive Theory and the Subject of Late Capitalism (Columbia, 2016).
"Calhoun and Fong have crafted an erudite, timely, and often inspiring collection of essays about work and the Green New Deal. No other book I know looks at infrastructure and environment through the prism of labor, culture, and political economy. This will be an excellent resource for teaching, advocacy, and policy making."
--Eric Klinenberg, author of Palaces for the People: How Social Infrastructure Can Help Fight Inequality, Polarization, and the Decline of Civic Life