Why Work?: The Perceptions of a "Real Job" and the Rhetoric of Work through the Ages (Paperback)

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Why Work?
Purdue University Press
6.00" x 9.00"

Book Description

All paid jobs absorb and degrade the mind. - AristotleOnly by strict specialization can the scientific worker become fully conscious. -- Max WeberNo race can prosper till it learns that there is as much dignity in tilling a field as in writing a poem. - Booker T. WashingtonThe group must always dictate the modes of activity for the individual. -- Mary Parker FollettWhy 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 the concept of "work" arose from the particulars of an environment. 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 varying concept of "work" and ask one more time "why work?" This work is a result of an Honors seminar at Purdue University.

About the Author(s):

Robin Patric Clair is a Professor of Communication at Purdue University. She has been conducting research related to the topic of work for nearly twenty years. Professor Clair is an award-winning author and researcher, as well as a nationally invited lecturer, who speaks on a variety of organizational communication topics.

Stephanie Bell, B.A. in Communications from Purdue University, is a Senior Administrative Assistant for Urban Programming at the Center for Special Concerns, University of Notre Dame. She provides support for the National Youth Sports Program, a federally funded sport camp for at-risk youth, as well as Urban Plunge, a one-credit seminar for Notre Dame students. She currently resides in Mishawaka, Indiana with her husband, Jeremy and son, Caden.

Megan McConnell received her B.A. from Purdue University in May 2004. She majored in Political Science and Communication with an emphasis in Public Relations. She then returned to Cincinnati, her hometown, to pursue a law degree. During her time in law school, she completed a fellowship with the Ohio Innocence Project and a clerkship with the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Ohio. She earned her J.D. from University of Cincinnati College of Law in May 2007, and took the Ohio Bar Exam in July, 2007.