Why Work? The Perceptions of a Real Job and the Rhetoric of Work Through the Ages

ISBN-10: 1557534543

ISBN-13: 9781557534545

Edition: 2008

Authors: Robin Patric Clair, Megan McConnell, Stephanie Bell, Kyle Hackbarth, Stephanie Mathes

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Why Workexplores the contemporary cultural construction of work, beginning with the expression, "A Real Job." This volume examines "work" in the writings of Aristotle, Plato, Confucius, St. Benedict, Adam Smith, Karl Marx, Booker T. Washington, W.E.B. Du Bois, Mother Jones, Emma Goldman, Emile Durkheim, Max Weber, Frederick Winslow Taylor, and Mary Parker Follett to answer the question, "Can the concept of work be divorced from the thinker's past?" A final chapter re-examines the core issue in light of the vary concept of "work" and ask one more time "why work?" This work is a result of an Honors seminar at Purdue University.
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List price: $29.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Purdue University Press
Publication date: 1/31/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.748

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
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