What Work Is

Only Studs Terkel’s Working approaches the pathos and beauty of this book. But Levine’s characters are also significant for their inner lives, not merely their jobs.

What Work Is

Author: Philip Levine

Publisher: Knopf

ISBN: 0307761959

Page: 96

View: 144

Winner of the National Book Award in 1991 “This collection amounts to a hymn of praise for all the workers of America. These proletarian heroes, with names like Lonnie, Loo, Sweet Pea, and Packy, work the furnaces, forges, slag heaps, assembly lines, and loading docks at places with unglamorous names like Brass Craft or Feinberg and Breslin’s First-Rate Plumbing and Plating. Only Studs Terkel’s Working approaches the pathos and beauty of this book. But Levine’s characters are also significant for their inner lives, not merely their jobs. They are unusually artistic, living ‘at the borders of dreams.’ One reads The Tempest ‘slowly to himself’; another ponders a diagonal chalk line drawn by his teacher to suggest a triangle, the roof of a barn, or the mysterious separation of ‘the dark from the dark.’ What Work Is ranks as a major work by a major poet . . . very accessible and utterly American in tone and language.” —Daniel L. Guillory, Library Journal

Women and Men at Work

1 Work and Gender Underpinning all human activity is work . We spend most of
our lives either preparing for work , working , or resting from work . Even when we
are simply watching daytime talk shows , the evening news , or Monday night ...

Women and Men at Work

Author: Irene Padavic

Publisher: Pine Forge Press

ISBN: 9780761987109

Page: 217

View: 726

Author order on title cover reads Irene Padavic and Barbara Reskin.

The Work life Collision

The Work/Life Collision, grounded in thorough quantitative and qualitative research, analyses how these factors affect each other, in particular the collision of work and care and its implications for how we live.

The Work life Collision

Author: Barbara Pocock

Publisher: Federation Press

ISBN: 9781862874756

Page: 288

View: 936

Longer working hours, insecure jobs, child care, declining birth rates, parental leave, the 'mummy track', the success or failure of feminism - the levels of passion, vitriol, despair and guilt these subjects engender attest to the importance Australians place on them, and rightly so. Their effects go beyond how we feel: they affect vital economic and demographic trends. The Work/Life Collision, grounded in thorough quantitative and qualitative research, analyses how these factors affect each other, in particular the collision of work and care and its implications for how we live. Pocock demonstrates how the existing 'work/care' regime that shapes how we live and work has high social costs - for mothers, fathers, families and those who want to be both workers and carers. She weighs the hidden costs of how we live and work now - costs that can be measured in bedrooms, kitchens, workplaces and streetscapes - and in our declining birth rate and embedded gender inequality. The Work/Life Collision goes further than just explaining our growing anxiety about quality of life, despite the evidence of unmatched material wealth. Pocock proposes ways in which a new 'work/care' regime can be built, through: the redistribution of working hours the rehabilitation of degraded and insecure part-time jobs a new system of leave from paid work, and better support for mothers, fathers and all kinds of dependants. She guides us through the real experiences of Australian households and points to a uniquely Australian solution to a fairer world.

On Work Race and the Sociological Imagination

There are societies in which custom or sanctioned rule determine what work a
man of a given status may do. In our society, at least one strong strain of ideology
has it that a man may do any work which he is competent to do; or even that he ...

On Work  Race  and the Sociological Imagination

Author: Everett C. Hughes

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 9780226359724

Page: 212

View: 365

The writings in this volume highlight Hughes's contributions to the sociology of work and professions; race and ethnicity; and the central themes and methods of the discipline. Hughes was the first sociologist to pay sustained attention to occupations as a field for study and wrote frequently and searchingly about them. Several of the essays in this collection helped orient the first generation of Black sociologists, including Franklin Frazier, St. Clair Drake, and Horace Cayton.

The Work Family Interface

RESULTS The interviews focused on topics surrounding work values, work
identity, and career, in the family intergenerational process. However, the
participants often shared more than just their work experiences. The importance
of family in ...

The Work Family Interface

Author: Sampson Lee Blair

Publisher: Emerald Group Publishing

ISBN: 1787691136

Page: 416

View: 889

This volume focuses upon the complex nature of the work-family interface, and how families around the globe deal with the inherent dilemmas therein. Chapters examine how work affects families in both overt and discrete manners, as well as how family life, in turn, affects paid employment.

The Thought of Work

Despite being such an important aspect of our daily lives, work is frequently taken
for granted rather than questioned or thought about very deeply. It is just
something that we have to do. At the same time, scholars from an impressive
breadth of ...

The Thought of Work

Author: John W. Budd

Publisher: Cornell University Press

ISBN: 0801462665

Page: 264

View: 685

What is work? Is it simply a burden to be tolerated or something more meaningful to one's sense of identity and self-worth? And why does it matter? In a uniquely thought-provoking book, John W. Budd presents ten historical and contemporary views of work from across the social sciences and humanities. By uncovering the diverse ways in which we conceptualize work—such as a way to serve or care for others, a source of freedom, a source of income, a method of psychological fulfillment, or a social relation shaped by class, gender, race, and power—The Thought of Work reveals the wide-ranging nature of work and establishes its fundamental importance for the human experience. When we work, we experience our biological, psychological, economic, and social selves. Work locates us in the world, helps us and others make sense of who we are, and determines our access to material and social resources. By integrating these distinct views, Budd replaces the usual fragmentary approaches to understanding the nature and meaning of work with a comprehensive approach that promotes a deep understanding of how work is understood, experienced, and analyzed. Concepts of work affect who and what is valued, perceptions of freedom and social integration, identity construction, evaluations of worker well-being, the legitimacy and design of human resource management practices, support for labor unions and labor standards, and relationships between religious faith and work ethics. By drawing explicit attention to diverse, implicit meanings of work, The Thought of Work allows us to better understand work, to value it, and to structure it in desirable ways that reflect its profound importance.

Inside Job 8 Secrets to Loving Your Work and Thriving

The myths around what work is suppose to be and how we are expected to
approach it are particularly devastating. When we ask people how they define "
work," more often than not clients tell us that work is “hard,” “suffocating,” “
stressful,” or ...

Inside Job  8 Secrets to Loving Your Work and Thriving

Author:

Publisher: Bush Street Press

ISBN: 1937445356

Page:

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Work

There was a very strict distinction between work and leisure, and my father had
limited contact with his work colleagues outside the workplace. If a particularly
close colleague had fallen ill, he might pay him a visit in the afternoon, but
otherwise ...

Work

Author: Lars Fredrik Svendsen

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317488601

Page: 160

View: 808

Work is one of the most universal features of human life; virtually everybody spends some part of their life at work. It is often associated with tedium and boredom; in conflict with the things we would otherwise love to do. Thinking of work primarily as a burden - an activity we would rather be without - is a thought that was shared by the philosophers in ancient Greece, who generally regarded work as a terrible curse. And yet, research shows that it prolongs life and is generally good for people's physical and mental health. This is perhaps why work is increasingly recognized as a crucial source of meaning and social identity. And our attitudes to work have been changing significantly in the last decades, with an increased demand for meaning and self-realization in the workplace.In this book, Lars Svendsen argues that we need to complete this reorientation of our feelings about work and collapse the differences between leisure and work. Work, like the poor, is always with us. But to overcome the sense of being burnt out, we must think of work as not only productive but recreative - in other words, a lot more like leisure.

Work and Organizational Psychology

Chinese curse Defining work Benjamin Franklin once wrote memorably that there
are only two certainties in life- -death and taxes. It is arguable whether he ought
to have added work to this duo. The fact that he didn't probably has something ...

Work and Organizational Psychology

Author: Christine E. Doyle

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 9780415208710

Page: 483

View: 626

In this unique text, Christine Doyle provides the student with a cutting-edge introduction to the field of work and organizational psychology. The main focus is on recent changes that have occurred in the world of work, incorporating their causes, consequences, proposed solutions to the associated problems, and above all, the challenges they pose for work and organizational psychology. Among the topics covered are motivation at work, the concept of stress, and the causes of individual accidents and organizational disasters. Solutions to such problems might include lifelong learning and training, performance management, career development, and employee assistance programmes. This lively, provocative, and highly readable book will be an essential resource for advanced undergraduate and postgraduate students of work and organizational psychology, as well as business management students, managers and anyone with an interest in human resources management.

Work and Organizational Psychology

Chinese curse Defining work Benjamin Franklin once wrote memorably that there
are only two certainties in life — death and taxes. It is arguable whether he ought
to have added work to this duo. The fact that he didn't probably has something ...

Work and Organizational Psychology

Author: Christine Doyle

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134618557

Page: 480

View: 629

In this unique text, Christine Doyle provides the student with a cutting-edge introduction to the field of work and organizational psychology. The main focus is on recent changes that have occurred in the world of work, incorporating their causes, consequences, proposed solutions to the associated problems, and above all, the challenges they pose for work and organizational psychology. Among the topics covered are motivation at work, the concept of stress, and the causes of individual accidents and organizational disasters. Solutions to such problems might include lifelong learning and training, performance management, career development, and employee assistance programmes. This lively, provocative, and highly readable book will be an essential resource for advanced undergraduate and postgraduate students of work and organizational psychology, as well as business management students, managers and anyone with an interest in human resources management.

The Church and Work

For more on the relationship between work and “curse,” see footnote 18. 5.
Meeks notes how ambiguous work is even for the individual. He states, “For
millennia human beings have blessed and cursed each other through work.
Positive and ...

The Church and Work

Author: Joshua Sweeden

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 1630873039

Page: 182

View: 346

Work is one of the most dominant and unavoidable realities of life. Though experiences of work vary tremendously, many Christians share a common struggle of having to live in seemingly bifurcated spheres of work and faith. Beginning with the conviction that Christian faith permeates all aspects of life, Joshua Sweeden explores Christian understandings of "good work" in relationship to ethics, community practice, and ecclesial witness. In The Church and Work, Sweeden provides a substantial contribution to the theological conversation about work by proposing an ecclesiological grounding for good work. He argues that many of the prominent theological proposals for good work are too abstract from context and demonstrates how the church can be understood as generative for both the theology and practice of good work. This needed ecclesiological development takes seriously the role of context in the ongoing discernment of good work and specifically explores how ecclesial life and practice shape and inform good work. Christian understandings of good work are inconceivable without the church. Accordingly, the church is not simply the recipient and a dispenser of a theology of work, but the locus of its development.

Work and the Workplace

PREFACE Work is the best and worst thing we do. Work is a great source of
satisfaction and growth and a central cause of distress in people's lives. While the
traditionally good things that happen in the workplace are shrinking, participation
in ...

Work and the Workplace

Author: Sheila H. Akabas

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 0231111673

Page: 277

View: 554

Sheila H. Akabas and Paul A. Kurzman present a comprehensive look at the ways in which management, labor organizations, government, and the social work profession can better respond to the needs of workers and their families and communities. Focusing on the social, psychological, and economic conditions of the workplace, this volume addresses the domino impact of unemployment; the inadequacy of insurance, benefit, and support systems; barriers to entering the workforce; the conflict between work and family obligations; the sometimes unsupportive nature of many jobs and settings; and the difficulties faced by people with chronic or acute illnesses. In conclusion, the authors assess current trends and consider the future possibilities of career counseling, pre-retirement preparation, disability management, executive coaching, manpower programming, and managed care. Case studies and study questions accompany each chapter.

Work and Society

INTRODUCTION Paul Taylor and Paul Wagg Unlike many traditional
explorations of work, this book presents a series of empirically based studies and
theorisations that attempt to elicit a re-imagining of what work is, how work is
undertaken, ...

Work and Society

Author: Paul Taylor

Publisher: University of Chester

ISBN: 1908258152

Page: 240

View: 458

The original theoretical and empirical studies in this new edited volume, Work and Society: Places, Spaces and Identities, present a reimagining of what work is, how it is undertaken, and the impact of work on people who engage in it. While traditional examinations of work are synonymous with discussions of labour markets, organisational functions and industrial relations, the eight contributions published here for the first time extend our conceptualisation of work to take in less commonly scrutinised activities such as care-giving, soldiering, gambling and career criminality. This intriguing approach opens up space for an exciting reconsideration of the relationships between work and society, focusing on illegitimate and unvalued occupations, the places where personal and professional identities intersect in risky or rewarding ways, and the ideological imperative on all of us no matter what our employment status to perform as resilient, productive neoliberal subjects with the capacity for work. This innovative, interdisciplinary volume brings together established and new voices in the fields of sociology, criminology, victimology and political economy to present an accessible intervention in current debates about work in the twenty-first century.

Ethnomethodology at Work

Workflow on the shopfloor We might begin to develop answers to that question by
looking at the character of workflow on the shopfloor and what the timely
accomplishment of work looks like from the point of view of workers implicated in
the ...

Ethnomethodology at Work

Author: Mark Rouncefield

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317140583

Page: 280

View: 709

Bringing together one of the most important bodies of research into people's working practices, this volume outlines the specific character of the ethnomethodological approach to work, providing an introduction to the key conceptual resources ethnomethodology has drawn upon in its studies, and a set of substantive chapters that examine how people work from a foundational perspective. With contributions from leading experts in the field, including Graham Button, John Hughes and Wes Sharrock, Ethnomethodology at Work explores the contribution that ethnomethodological studies continue to make to our understanding of the ways in which people actually accomplish work from day to day. As such, it will appeal not only to those working in the areas of ethnomethodology and conversation analysis, but also to those with interests in the sociology of work and organisations.

Work Leisure Ils 166

EVERYONE is assumed to think of work as activity by which man provides
himself with a livelihood, and that holds even if some learn to live without working
. It is also assumed that work is activity to some productive purpose. But people
may ...

Work   Leisure Ils 166

Author: Nels Anderson

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1136256059

Page: 280

View: 620

First Published in 1998. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

Work Change and Competition

This external agency exercises control by virtue of owning and providing the
financial and material resources necessary for the work process to take place...
Initially, this means that the material inputs and outputs of the work process, but
not the ...

Work  Change and Competition

Author: David Preece

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134667280

Page: 248

View: 335

This book presents an in-depth study of organizational change and innovation in one of the UK's leading retail leisure companies. Based on a remarkably deep level of access, the authors provide a fascinating longitudinal study of the management process in action - both the formal, 'on stage' aspects of strategic change and the informal, political behaviour of those involved. Subjects covered include: * the changing contexts of the public house business * from management to managing * change processes and politics * control and empowerment * gender and public house management. Work, Change and Competition will be essential reading for students of organizational change, as well as all readers interested in the changing nature of management/managing and organizations.

Evolutionary Work

I know I'm living consciously whenever I feel a sense of inner peace regardless of
what's happening around me with work or the world in general. When I've taken
the time to ask the next “right” question or feel truly connected to others, I'm ...

Evolutionary Work

Author: Patricia DiVecchio

Publisher: Pearhouse Press

ISBN: 0980235545

Page: 249

View: 919

The world of work has forever changed, and we, as individuals, must change with it or be left far behind. We must bring not only new thinking, but a whole new essence, to our professional lives. Evolutionary Work: Unleashing Your Potential in Extraordinary Times is a practical, in-depth guide for anyone ready to journey to the depths of themselves and surface with new work that fills your wallet and feeds your soul. This book is for men and women looking for more passion in their work and organizations seeking direction for their employees and overall business to lift them out of the aimless status quo. Roll up your shelves and join author Patricia DiVecchio for this vital, evolutionary journey.

Supervision in Social Work

However, this is a problem that relates more directly to another major function of
supervision—work delegation. Work Delegation In assigning work, the supervisor
not only has to deal with the problem of task selection (using the criteria ...

Supervision in Social Work

Author: Alfred Kadushin

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 0231525397

Page: 656

View: 762

First published in 1976, Supervision in Social Work has become an essential text for social work educators and students, detailing the state of the field and the place, function, and challenges of supervision in social work practice. This fifth edition takes into account the sizable number of articles and books published on supervision since 2002. Changes in public health and social welfare policy have intensified concern about the social work supervision of licensed practitioners. Tax and spending limitations at all levels of government, combined with the unfolding effects of welfare reform and managed health care, have increasingly emphasized the need for the efficient and accountable administration of health and social services in the private and public sectors. This edition confronts issues raised by these developments, including budgetary allocation and staff management, the problems of worker burnout and safety, the changing demographics and growing diversity of the supervising workforce, evidence-based and licensure supervision, and performance appraisal.

Work in France

PREFACE Most of the essays collected in this book were first presented at
Cornell University on 28–30 April 1983 as part of a conference entitled
Representations of Work in France. By “representations” we intended not only
language, ...

Work in France

Author: Steven L. Kaplan

Publisher: Cornell University Press

ISBN: 9780801416972

Page: 576

View: 971

Eighteen scholars from both sides of the Atlantic look at the question of work across three centuries of French history. Representing both younger and older generations, they move beyond traditional disciplinary boundaries in order to consider human labor as it was actually performed and to determine what it has meant to specific groups and individuals at particular historical moments. This book proposes some fundamental revisions in the history of work which will have important implications for our understanding of social, political, economic, and cultural developments not only in France but throughout Europe.

Work Life Balance

manage the interface between your working life and your life outside work
differently, in ways which will help you to balance these major components of
your life effectively be more aware of how the world of work is changing and how
this ...

Work Life Balance

Author: Margaret Adams

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1135056382

Page: 124

View: 206

Work-life balance picks up where conventional time management stops. After you have prioritised ruthlessly, learned how to delegate, dealt with interruptions, managed your managers, planned and reviewed and still find you are overworked then it is time to try something else. Use this book to re-establish control over your life and to understand the impact of work pressures and issues in your personal life, it will show you how to: audit your work-life balance to find out which areas are really causing you the most tension establish what you want out of your work and your life outside work, this is important because your aspirations change allocate time and other resources to ensure that work and life outside work are given the right priorities with reference to your emotional commitment deal with the expectations of others cope with specific issues such as: the long-hours culture, dealing with excessive workloads, working in a caring profession as well as being a teacher. The book outlines a range of strategies to help teachers to achieve the right work-life balance for them. It can also be used for whole school staff development programmes – after all work-life balance is the responsibility of head-teachers and governors too.