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Work, Consumerism and the New Poor

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From one of today's most eminent thinkers--a piercing examination of poverty in the modern age

If "being poor" once derived its meaning from the condition of being unemployed, today it draws its meaning primarily from the plight of a flawed consumer. This distinction truly makes a difference in the way poverty is experienced and in the chances to redeem its misery.

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Paperback, 131 pages
Published September 1st 2004 by Open University Press (first published 1998)
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I think you should consider reading this book – I have to say I found it a remarkably worthwhile.

Before capitalism there wasn’t really something called a ‘work ethic’. And this was for a fairly interesting reason – because before capitalism there wasn’t a particularly good reason for having such an ethic. People were either peasants, where the motivation to work was driven by their desire to eat and so this meant that their work was constrained by need much more than work is under capitalism, o
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Zygmunt Bauman is a world-renowned Polish sociologist and philosopher, and Emeritus Professor of Sociology at the University of Leeds. He was one of the creators of the concept of “postmodernism”.
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