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Why work? : the perceptions of a "real job" and the rhetoric of work through the ages

Author: Robin Patric Clair
Publisher: West Lafayette, Ind. : Purdue University Press, ©2008.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Why Work? The Perceptions of a "Real Job" and the Rhetoric of Work through the Ages explores the contemporary cultural construction of work, beginning with the expression, "A Real Job." Over time, the concept of "work" was thought to be inherently understood by those who examined societal structures and human interactions. Today, the concept is more transient, and past definitions can be regarded as lacking because  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Why work?
West Lafayette, Ind. : Purdue University Press, ©2008
(OCoLC)652294010
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Robin Patric Clair
ISBN: 9781557534545 1557534543
OCLC Number: 79256775
Description: xv, 196 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: The ontology and history of work. The messy business of defining work; Philosophy and rhetoric of work --
Philosophers, rhetoricians, and activists. Plato and Aristotle: philosophies of labor; Confucius and St. Benedict: spiritual leaders; Adam Smith: the father of capitalism; Karl Marx: a challenge to capitalism; Booker T. Washington and W.E.B. Du Bois: out of slavery; Mother Jones and Emma Goldman: labor activists; Emile Durkheim: the division of labor; Max Weber: the father of sociology and theorist of bureaucracy; Frederick Winslow Taylor: the father of scientific management; Mary Parker Follett: ahead of her time --
The meaning of work. Why work?: concluding remarks; Why work: an epilogue.
Other Titles: Perceptions of a "real job"
Rhetoric of work through the ages
Responsibility: Robin Patric Clair [and others].
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Explores the contemporary cultural construction of work, beginning with the expression, ""A Real Job"". Can the concept of work be divorced from the thinker's past?  Read more...

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