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Disturbing academic work Theorising a global book project

ByTERRI SEDDON, LEA HENRIKSSON, BEATRIX NIEMEYER

This chapter considers the way work is disturbed in global times by examining the process of preparing this book. We – the editorial group – reflect on our crossnational collaboration with the chapter authors to document the way work has been disturbed, and has been experienced as disturbing, as a consequence of what Sennett (1998) calls ‘flexible capitalism’. Reflecting on this case has allowed us to investigate the way these disturbances in the way work is organised also prompts people to work together in transforming politics. The chapter also serves as background to the other chapters in the collection, which provide further cases of disturbing work and evidence of transforming politics in working lives.