Why Work?: The Perceptions of a

Why Work?: The Perceptions of a "Real Job" and the Rhetoric of Work Through the Ages / Edition 1

by Robin P. Clair, Stephanie Bell, Kyle Hackbarth, Megan McConnell
     
 

ISBN-10: 1557534543

ISBN-13: 9781557534545

Pub. Date: 01/31/2008

Publisher: Purdue University Press

Why Work explores 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

Overview

Why Work explores 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781557534545
Publisher:
Purdue University Press
Publication date:
01/31/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
1,116,870
Product dimensions:
6.53(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.52(d)

Table of Contents

Preface     xi
The Ontology and History of Work     1
The Messy Business of Defining Work     3
Philosophy and Rhetoric of Work     17
Philosophers, Rhetoricians, and Activists     31
Plato and Aristotle: Philosophies of Labor     33
Confucius and St. Benedict: Spiritual Leaders     45
Adam Smith: The Father of Capitalism     57
Karl Marx: A Challenge to Capitalism     69
Booker T. Washington and W. E. B. Du Bois: Out of Slavery     81
Mother Jones and Emma Goldman: Labor Activists     97
Emile Durkheim: The Division of Labor     114
Max Weber: The Father of Sociology and Theorist of Bureaucracy     123
Frederick Winslow Taylor: The Father of Scientific Management     134
Mary Parker Follett: Ahead of Her Time     143
The Meaning of Work     153
Why Work? Concluding Remarks     155
Why Work: An Epilogue     172
References     177
Index     191

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