American Work Values: Their Origin and Development

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American Work Values: Their Origin and Development examines the broad shifts in American work values from their European origins to the present. It analyzes shifts from work as salvation to work as opportunity and alienation, and concludes with a more recent focus on self-fulfilling employment in a context of industrial downsizing.
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American Work Values: Their Origin and Development examines the broad shifts in American work values from their European origins to the present. It analyzes shifts from work as salvation to work as opportunity and alienation, and concludes with a more recent focus on self-fulfilling employment in a context of industrial downsizing.
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Examines the broad shifts in American work values from their European origins to the present. Analyzes shifts from consideration of work as salvation to work as opportunity and as alienation, and concludes with the more recent focus on self-fulfilling employment in a context of industrial downsizing. Deals with the debates related to work and public assistance, from 16th-century Europe to Washington in 1996. Describes the influences of Luther, Calvin and Puritanism, and addresses the human relations and human resources movements. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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“…this book provides a solid overview of the development of American work values, attitudes, and practices over several centuries … [Bernstein’s] chapter on the Puritan work ethic is superior … the bibliography alone makes the book worthwhile.” — H-Net Reviews (EH.net)
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Paul Bernstein is Adjunct Professor of Management, former Dean of Graduate Studies, and former Dean of Liberal Arts, at the Rochester Institute of Technology. He is the co-author (with Robert Green) of History of Civilization: to 1648 and History of Civilization: since 1648. he is also the author of Career Education and the Quality of Working Life.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
Prologue 15
Pt. I Work as a Sign of Salvation 29
Ch. 1 Luther Opens the Door 31
Ch. 2 The Demographic and Economic Impact on Work Values 41
Ch. 3 Calvin and the Calling 53
Ch. 4 The Puritan Influence 69
Ch. 5 Work and Welfare: the Tudor-Stuart Legacy to America 95
Pt. II Work as Alienation and Opportunity 109
Ch. 6 Work Values in Colonial America 111
Ch. 7 Work Values in Modern America 141
Pt. III Work as Self-Fulfillment 183
Ch. 8 The Human Relations Movement 185
Ch. 9 The Human Resources Movement 215
Ch. 10 Old Challenges and New Aspirations 235
Bibliography 281
Index 347
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