The image of a job captures our imagination from an early age, usually prompted by the question 'What do you want to be when you grow up?'. Work -- paid, unpaid, voluntary, or obligatory -- is woven into the fabric of all human societies. For many of us, it becomes part of our identity. For others it is a tedious necessity. Living is problematic without paid work, and for many it is catastrophic. Steve Fineman tells the fascinating story of
work - how we strive for security, reward, and often, meaning. Looking at how we classify 'work'; the cultural and social factors that influence the way we work; the ethics of certain types of work; and
the factors that will affect the future of work, from globalization to technology, this Very Short Introduction considers work as a concept and as a practical experience, drawing upon ideas from psychology, sociology, management, and social history. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject
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Steve Fineman tells the fascinating story of work - how we strive for security, reward, and often, meaning This looks like yet another interesting addition to Oxford's fabulous VSI series * Grrlscientist, the guardian *
This book is a great read and has made me think deeper into the values I associate with work and human value. * Arthur Zetes, tiredoframen.wordpress.com *
1: Why work?
2: A spectrum of jobs
3: Working a career
4: Men's work, women's work
5: Struggling, surviving, thriving
6: Emotion at work
7: Virtual work
8: Changes and transitions
9: Where does this leave work? A brief postscript
References and further reading