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The perfect starting point to understand work,
This review is from: Work: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions) (Paperback)
Work is in everything we do. We work for money, we work for love, we work for pleasure. But work, as Fineman tells us, takes many different forms - it can be physical or intellectual, but it is often emotional and aesthetic. Sounding right and looking right is as important a part of the work that many of us do as clicking the right slots with our mice or saying the right words to a customer. This book is the perfect place from where to start exploring the many complexities of work in today's societies, not only in workplaces but also in homes and public spaces. Why are some types of work (speculating in world markets with few risks to one's own money) highly valued while others (mopping up, cleaning and caring for needy patients)consistently devalued and underappreciated? Why are some people 'killing themselves' through overwork while others fill many hours uneable to get work? And what are the future forms that work will take? This book stands up with the very best in OUP rightly celebrated "Very Short Introduction" series - it asks the right questions and offers valuable keys to answers.