ANDRE GORZ FAREWELL TO THE WORKING CLASS PDF

Early years[ edit ] Born in Vienna as Gerhart Hirsch, he was the son of a Jewish wood-salesman and of a Catholic mother, who came from a cultivated background and worked as a secretary. Although his parents did not have any strong sense of national or religious identity, the spreading anti-Semitism of the time led his father to convert to Catholicism in At the outbreak of World War II , his mother sent him to an institution in Switzerland to avoid his mobilization into the Wehrmacht. Working at first as a translator of American short stories published by a Swiss editor, he published his first articles in a cooperative journal.

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This thread ran through his later writings, which focused particularly on questions of the transformation of work and working time, envisaging the possibility that the productivity gains made possible by capitalism could be used to enhance individual and social life, rather than intensifying ruthless economic competition and social division. After escaping Austria in , the year after its annexation by Nazi Germany, he studied throughout the war in Lausanne, where he exchanged the German language for French and acquired a diploma in chemical engineering.

In , Gorz moved to Paris with his English wife Dorine, whom he had met in Switzerland, where she was working as an actor. He worked for the World Citizen Movement, a utopian organisation advocating world government, before beginning, in , a journalistic career with Paris-Presse, as Michel Bosquet.

The Paris events of May confirmed his belief in the possibility of a convergence between his humanist vision of socialism, based on the pursuit of individual autonomy, and the emancipatory aims of wider social movements.

He was also instrumental at this time in introducing the writings of his friends Herbert Marcuse and Ivan Illich to a French audience that was to be singularly receptive to their ideas. The fractious years after saw internal conflict at Les Temps Modernes: Gorz resigned in At about the same time, his opposition to the nuclear industry led to conflicts with the Nouvel Observateur management, his exit from that magazine, and a more marked turn to ecological politics.

His last book was, in many respects, an extended love letter to his staunch ally Dorine, who had for many years suffered from a debilitating, initially misdiagnosed, arachnoiditis. In it he also announced that the two of them had decided they did not wish to outlive each other. They were discovered lying side by side. I suspect my unassuming friend would have found the latter tribute the more touching.

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This thread ran through his later writings, which focused particularly on questions of the transformation of work and working time, envisaging the possibility that the productivity gains made possible by capitalism could be used to enhance individual and social life, rather than intensifying ruthless economic competition and social division. After escaping Austria in , the year after its annexation by Nazi Germany, he studied throughout the war in Lausanne, where he exchanged the German language for French and acquired a diploma in chemical engineering. In , Gorz moved to Paris with his English wife Dorine, whom he had met in Switzerland, where she was working as an actor. He worked for the World Citizen Movement, a utopian organisation advocating world government, before beginning, in , a journalistic career with Paris-Presse, as Michel Bosquet. The Paris events of May confirmed his belief in the possibility of a convergence between his humanist vision of socialism, based on the pursuit of individual autonomy, and the emancipatory aims of wider social movements. He was also instrumental at this time in introducing the writings of his friends Herbert Marcuse and Ivan Illich to a French audience that was to be singularly receptive to their ideas. The fractious years after saw internal conflict at Les Temps Modernes: Gorz resigned in

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