A dream of ease: Situating the future of work and leisure

Edward Granter*

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This paper represents something of a history of the future. It seeks to examine, in the context of the USA and Britain, debates over the future of work that have taken place during the 20th century, and have continued into the 21st. Such debates, often classics of the futurological genre, might be caricatured as fantastic predictions of a leisured utopia, but are often in fact both more sober, and more nuanced, than such a depiction would suggest. The present paper will explore the common themes that structure future of work debates, and discourses of the future of work will be placed in social and historical context. Most importantly, the paper will uncover commonalities in understandings of what it means to be creative and free in modern society, understandings that are central to the future of work, and indeed the future in general. The paper will, in conclusion, addresses the possible reasons for a decline in predictions of a leisured future, and a growing awareness amongst commentators that work is very much here to stay.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)803-811
Number of pages9
Issue number9
Early online date22 Jul 2008
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2008


  • future of work
  • Technocracy
  • sociology of work
  • Leisure
  • futurology
  • utopia

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business and International Management
  • Development
  • Sociology and Political Science


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