Radical Sunday School: Burnt Out? Health and Illness Under Post-Fordism

Sunday 12 May 2024, Radical Sunday School: Burnt Out? Health and Illness Under Post-Fordism. From 18:00 till 20:00.After the Second World War, the dominant mode of the organisation of economic production was Fordist, meaning that workers were employed in large factories on permanent contracts mainly performing carefully determined physical labour that did not require much creativity. However, during the 1970s, a shift occurred in this mode of production and the new era is often referred to as post-Fordist. This means that nowadays, workers are more likely to be employed on fixed-term contracts, working several part-time jobs rather than one full-time one, and performing more emotional, intellectual, or creative labour. The use of the term burnout emerged together with post-Fordism and it became a very popular buzzword. We often use it to describe any negative feelings we have that are related to work. But what does this term actually mean? How accurately does it describe our lived experiences? How can we regain control over our perspective on health, illness, and work?

The formal education system affects us all. Not only are we forced to attend schools growing up, but academic research shapes our governments, our news, and how we view the world around us. As much as many of us want to believe in the promise of institutional education, the sad fact is that our schools and universities are undemocratic and elitist. They perpetuate inequalities instead of giving people the tools to fight them. This world is fucked.

Here at Radical Sunday School, though, we know that another world is possible. Everyone should be able to direct their own learning, to grow together with their communities, and to live as though they’re already free. There are countless examples of movements already putting these ideas into practice. This collective is trying to follow in their footsteps, organizing to explore new ways of learning based on principles of autonomy, mutual aid, and egalitarianism.

This is not intended to be a course that you would have to follow all the way through. Jump in and out whenever you like. Sessions will be held every Sunday.

Radical Sunday School
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