The Working Life

The Working Life

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Ciulla, Joanne B. Times Books, 2000
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Americans live in a work-oriented society where, even though there is more freedom, flexibility, convenience, and efficiency, work determines the lives of most individuals. It is a culture of paradox that celebrates work and, at the same time, continually strives to eliminate it. Meanwhile, as the supply of meaningful work shrinks, the demand for it grows. The Working Life examines the meaning of work and work’s place in life. Drawing on history, mythology, language, religion, pop culture, management theory, and practical experience, Ciulla shows how each of these domains shaped today’s social, moral, and personal meanings of work, and how society moved from the belief that individuals must work to live to the idea that they must live to work.