Why Work? The Perceptions of a Real Job and the Rhetoric of Work Through the Ages
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Description: 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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Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Purdue University Press
Publication date: 1/31/2008
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.50" tall
|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|