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Aug 28, 2023

Rudy joins authors Helen Hester and Nick Srnicek to explore their latest book, After Work: A History of the Home and the Fight for Free Time. The conversation commences with a clear definition of domestic work, setting the stage for the book's unique perspective on this issue in contrast to other theoretical frameworks. The dialogue delves into 20th-century trends in household labor within the global North, with a special focus on Cowan's paradox. Additionally, the episode explores the realm of electronic smart homes and introduces the "maids over machines" principle, highlighting regional variations in caregiving from the global North to the global South. The discussion culminates in an examination of alternative paradigms for addressing household labor, including historical collective infrastructure initiatives from the 19th and 20th centuries, as well as contemporary endeavors like those found in Cuba.