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Work, consumerism and the new poor

Author: Zygmunt Bauman
Publisher: Maidenhead, Berkshire, England ; New York, NY : Open University Press, 2005.
Series: Issues in society.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 2nd edView all editions and formats
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In this volume, Zygmunt Bauman examines how the definition of being 'poor' has changed in light of the growth of consumerism in Western society, and also attempts to evaluate the relevance of traditional methods of tackling poverty. This edition discusses redundancy, disposability and exclusion.
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Zygmunt Bauman
ISBN: 0335215998 9780335215997 033521598X 9780335215980
OCLC Number: 56661168
Description: ix, 131 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: The meaning of work: producing the work ethic --
Getting people to work --
Work or perish --
Producing the producers --
From 'better' to 'more' --
From the work ethic to the aesthetic of consumption --
The making of a consumer --
Work as judged by aesthetics --
Vocation as privilege --
Being poor in a consumer society --
The rise and fall of the welfare state --
Between inclusion and exclusion --
The welfare state unemployed --
The contented majority? --
Success that brought the demise --
The work ethic and the new poor --
The discovery of the 'underclass' --
The work ethic goes underclass --
To be poor is criminal --
Expulsion from the universe of moral obligations --
Prospects for the new poor --
The poor without role --
No role, no moral duty --
Ethic of work or ethic of life?
Series Title: Issues in society.
Responsibility: Zygmunt Bauman.
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If 'being poor' once derived its meaning from the condition of being unemployed, it draws its meaning from the plight of a flawed consumer. This book traces this change, which has been taking place  Read more...

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