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Work, Consumerism and the New Poor / Edition 2
     

Work, Consumerism and the New Poor / Edition 2

by Zygmunt Bauman, Tim May
 

ISBN-10: 033521598X

ISBN-13: 9780335215980

Pub. Date: 09/28/2004

Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing

From one of today's most eminent thinkers--a piercing examination of poverty in the modern age

If "being poor" once derived its meaning from the condition of being unemployed, today it draws its meaning primarily from the plight of a flawed consumer. This distinction truly makes a difference in the way poverty is experienced and in the chances to redeem

Overview

From one of today's most eminent thinkers--a piercing examination of poverty in the modern age

If "being poor" once derived its meaning from the condition of being unemployed, today it draws its meaning primarily from the plight of a flawed consumer. This distinction truly makes a difference in the way poverty is experienced and in the chances to redeem its misery.

This absorbing book traces this change, and makes an inventory of its social consequences. It also considers ways of fighting back advancing poverty and mitigating its hardships, and tackles the problems of poverty in its present form.

The new edition features:

  • Up-to-date coverage of the progress made by key thinkers in the field
  • A discussion of recent work on redundancy, disposability, and exclusion
  • Explorations of new theories of workable solutions to poverty

Students of sociology, politics, and social policy will find this to be an invaluable text on the changing significance and implications of an enduring social problem.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780335215980
Publisher:
McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
Publication date:
09/28/2004
Series:
Issues in Society Ser.
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
144
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.39(d)

Table of Contents

Series editor's forewordvii
Introduction to the first edition1
Part I3
1The meaning of work: producing the work ethic5
2From the work ethic to the aesthetic of consumption23
Part II43
3The rise and fall of the welfare state45
4The work ethic and the new poor63
5Work and redundancy in the globalized world87
Part III103
6Prospects for the new poor105
Notes122
Index129

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