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

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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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781557534545
  • Publisher: Purdue University Press
  • Publication date: 1/31/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 1,282,287
  • Product dimensions: 6.53 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.52 (d)

Meet the Author

Robin P. Clair is a Professor of Communication at Purdue University. 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, earned a B.A. in Communications from Purdue University and is a Senior Administrative Assistant for Urban Programming at the Center for Special Concerns, University of Notre Dame. Stephanie Mathes, B.A. in Communications from Purdue University currently serves as the Community Relations Assistant for the Indianapolis Colts. Kyle J. Hackbarth, B.A. in Communications from Purdue University is currently serving in the United States Army, in Baghdad, Iraq as a Forward Observer. Megan McConnell, B.A. in Communications and Political Science from Purdue University.
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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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