The Working Life

Ciulla, Joanne B.
January 2000
Working Life - Business Book Summaries;2000, Vol. 17 Issue 13, p1
Book Summary
It is neither a self-help-how-to-guide on working better or smarter, nor is it a rigorous social scientific study. Ciulla meanders through an inspiringly wide range of ideas from many diverse sources and eras. It explains how society has moved far beyond the work ethic that endowed work with moral value and demonstrates how we dangerously depend on our jobs for the primary source of our identity, self-worth, and the sense of belonging and fulfillment we once got from family, friends, religion, and community. In the end, The Working Life leaves us with many questions, no definitive answers, and no specific guidelines: Has work gotten better? Her provocative analysis provides an invaluable tool with which to begin the process. In fact, we would even suggest that it should be required reading in all undergraduate programs to help students, in every discipline, understand (before the fact) the role work plays in society&x2019;s search for meaning.


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