In this society people work in different ways. They carry out qualitatively different actions which do not only differ from each other concerning item, like e.g. timber a table, cooking, cutting one’s hair, maintain a machine, change children’s diapers, issue parking tickets, compile financial calculations, sell shares, design buildings, plan an excursion or conceive an advertising campaign. Also working conditions and intentions of carrying out an activity are quite different.
People work at home, in an office, in a factory, on a construction site or in a café. They do paid and unpaid work for themselves and for others: I can do cooking e.g. at home for my shared-flat community and my friends or as a cook in a restaurant for cash.
In order to get money by with their work some people sell their work force for a certain time on the base of an employment contract to enterprises, companies, associations or private persons. Others do temporary work or are freelancers and work contract based and still others work for temporary work agencies which lend out their working force to other companies.
In order to get money by working, some people sell their workforce for a certain time to enterprises, companies, associations and other persons. Others do short time work or do contract related work as freelancer. Again others work for temping agencies that lean out their workforce to other companies. Some work as advocates or doctors, as employees or in their own office. And if they have the necessary means some even start their own enterprise in order to work there or to make others work for them.
People organize their every day life alone or in families, with partners, in flat-share communities or political projects. Most people buy their foodstuff in the supermarket, some become members of a food-cooperation and others grow their vegetables in their own garden. Thus it is quite different how people live and work in this society.
Despite of this diversity they share one thing: In the first place they are excluded from the necessary and beautiful things they need for living. Hardly anyone is able to produce on his/her own or with a collective all the necessary things for the personal requirements and if they want to get those things it is only possible with money.
Are there any economic practices to avoid this system? What is significant for these practices? And what is the relationship between these manifold ways of working? What is the relationship of working for money to the painting of a room of a friend or a self-governed house, the cooking for the flat-share community, the self-run cultivation in the own garden or the cooperative enterprise?
Katrin Ganz/Do. Gerbig and Cornelia Möser/Jette Hausotter answer these questions quite differently in their texts. In the workshop we want to discuss these two approaches of queer-feministic critique of capitalism on the base of the texts.
Starting in small groups and later on in the round we want to clarify together what kind of understanding of economy/capitalism the respective authors have and which critique they formulate from it. On this base we want to discuss with you in which aspect we share the critique and/or which definition seems to be more convenient to us.
We would like to ask you to read the texts in the run-up.
Unfortunately the texts are in German. We don´t know yet, if we manage to translate them in advance.