American Work Values: Their Origin and Development

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Examines broad shifts in American work values from their Calvinist origins to present controversies involving work, welfare, and affirmative action.
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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 (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780791432167
  • Publisher: State University of New York Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/1997
  • Series: SUNY Series in the Sociology of Work
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 380
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.85 (d)

Meet the Author

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




Part I: Work as a Sign of Salvation

1. Luther Opens the Door

2. The Demographic and Economic Impact on Work Values

3. Calvin and the Calling

4. The Puritan Influence

5. Work and Welfare: the Tudor-Stuart Legacy to America

Part II: Work as Alienation and Opportunity

6. Work Values in Colonial America

7. Work Values in Modern America

Part III: Work as Self-Fulfillment

8. The Human Relations Movement

9. The Human Resources Movement

10. Old Challenges and New Aspirations



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