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5.0 out of 5 stars Engaging and thought provoking, 4 Jun. 2013
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This review is from: Work: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions) (Paperback)
From the start this book engages the reader on the subject of work. It begins by challenging our taken for granted assumptions of what work actually is and then clearly illustrates the historical and dynamic nature of how work and career is regarded. The gender chapter is provocative, especially for those who may believe that the equal opportunities act has solved any inequalities in the workplace (I am ordering a copy for my father-in-law).

Fineman then neatly, gently and always persuasively draws out different ideas about the types of work we carry out, the feelings we may have about them, and how virtual' work is changing the landscape of what 'doing' work really means; for many it does not necessarily have to mean leaving the house. The subject of unemployment, underemployment and NEETS (a new one on me) is also explored, as are other sociological changes in patterns of work.

The book is a compelling read, an easy page turner, but it is far from superficial. It is a definite for anyone studying management, business, sociology or psychology. It is also highly accessible for those who just want to know a bit more about a subject that consumes so much of our time. Fineman really delivers on his claim 'to reveal some of the curiosities and complexities of work' and so the book leaves you with a more nuanced understanding of the difficulties and delights associated with this activity. What you get from this is a detailed and extremely palatable understanding of how what constitutes work in society is dynamic, value laden, and culturally specific.

Enjoy!
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