Doing Nothing A History of Loafers, Loungers, Slackers, and Bums in America

ISBN-10: 086547737X
ISBN-13: 9780865477377
Edition: 2007
Authors: Tom Lutz
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Description: Couch potatoes, goof-offs, freeloaders, good-for-nothings, loafers, and loungers: ever since the Industrial Revolution, when the work ethic as we know it was formed, there has been a chorus of slackers ridiculing and lampooning the pretensions of  More...

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List price: $25.00
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Publication date: 5/15/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 384
Size: 6.75" wide x 8.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.682
Language: English

Couch potatoes, goof-offs, freeloaders, good-for-nothings, loafers, and loungers: ever since the Industrial Revolution, when the work ethic as we know it was formed, there has been a chorus of slackers ridiculing and lampooning the pretensions of hardworking respectability. Whenever the world of labor changes in significant ways, the pulpits, politicians, and pedagogues ring with exhortations of the value of work, and the slackers answer with a strenuous call of their own: " To do nothing, " as Oscar Wilde said, " is the most difficult thing in the world." Moving with verve and wit through a series of case studies that illuminate the changing place of leisure in the American republic, "Doing Nothing "revises the way we understand slackers and work itself.

Acknowledgments
Cody on the Couch
The Idler and His Works
Loungers, Romantics, and Rip Van Winkle
Loafers, Communists, Drinkers, and Bohemians
Nerve Cases, Saunterers, Tramps, and Flaneurs
Sports, Flappers, Babbitts, and Bums
Beats, Nonconformists, Playboys, and Delinquents
Draft Dodgers, Surfers, TV Beatniks, and Hippie Communards
Slackers
Bibliography
Index

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