This fantastic book is now available in English at a prohibitive price unfortunately. This deserved cheap paperback status so that many could buy it. See the review I translated back in 2013. Publication blurb and details below.
Pascal Chabot, Global Burnout, Bloomsbury Academic, 2018
Available for the first time in English and freshly adapted as the acclaimed documentary Burning Out, Pascal Chabot’s polemic treatise – Global Burnout – takes the phenomenon we call burnout as not just an individual problem that affects a few exhausted people, but rather ‘a disease of civilization’, connected to concepts of progress, technology, and desire, which are the hallmarks of this era of experimentation.
First analysing the archaeology of the concept, Chabot distinguishes three main types of burnout: the first, specific to professions who help others, appears to be the exhaustion of their humanism; the second, a trouble of adaptation and perfectionism; and the third, which is a consequence of the struggle for recognition. The philosophical implications of each of these three states is identified, allowing Chabot to buck the trend towards a negative, nearly fatalistic outlook, something not surprising considering the intrinsic gravity of the subject matter. An excellent story teller as well as an adequate elaborater of complex theories, Chabot’s Global Burnout presents an introduction to the topic and therapy for the modern reader.
Table of contents
Something is happening
Part I: Beyond fatigue
Freudenberger and the free clinic?
In a Congolese leper colony
Part II: The burnout?machine
The useful and the subtle
Recognition and disregard
Part III: Postmodern malaise
Theory of the a mirror disorder?
Under the sign of fire
The tightrope-walker’s manifesto
Postface to the English edition
Burnout and energy
The invisibility of energy
The causes of repression
Dialectic of energy and desire
“Fire and work are the forces at stake in our suicidally consumption-driven civilization, examined with penetrating depth by Pascal Chabot – whose contemplative approach stands out in an era where efficiency reigns and purpose is negated, struck down by a disruption that leads to madness, in the final phase of the phenomenon that Nietzsche called nihilism.” – Bernard Stiegler, head of the Institut de recherche et d’innovation, Centre Georges-Pompidou, France
“It’s urgently relevant and superbly well-written and translated. It’s readable and compelling….I love this book and the translation is beautiful.” – Graeme Kirkpatrick, Head of Sociology, University of Manchester, UK