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Michel de Certeau’s idea of “la perruque” (see, The Practice of Everday Life), which he describes as:”…the worker’s own work disguised as work for his [sic] employer. It differs from pilfering in that nothing of material value is stolen. It differs from absenteeism in that the worker is officially on the job. La perruque may be as simple as a secretary’s writing a love letter on “company time” or a as complex as a cabinetmaker’s “borrowing” a lathe to make a piece of furniture for his living room …The worker who indulges in la perruque actually diverts time (not goods, since he uses only scraps) from the factory for work that is free, creative, and precisely not directed toward profit. In the very place where the machine he must serve reigns supreme, he cunningly takes pleasure in finding a way to create gratuitous products whose sole purpose is to signify his own capabilities through his work and to confirm his solidarity with other workers or his family.” (1984, pp. 24-26) I don’t think shopping on Amazon during work time counts as ‘la perruque’ – that’s just spending your wages on stuff you probably don’t need. To me, ‘la perruque’ must involve a creative use of your employer’s time for your own use. Write more love letters!