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Selling the Work Ethic: From Puritan Pulpit to Corporate PR

4.21 of 5 stars 4.21  ·  rating details  ·  14 ratings  ·  4 reviews
Subjected to the discipline of work and production, people's living standards have risen across the North and in the most economically dynamic areas of the South. But material affluence is accompanied by increasing levels of stress, insecurity, depression, crime, and addiction. The environmen that life itself depends on is also being destroyed. This book is a history of th ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published June 9th 2001 by Zed Books (first published 2000)
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Valerie
To say this book is derivative doesn't even begin to cover it. All the references are to secondary (and sometimes even tertiary) sources.

This is not a basis for rejection in itself--many popularizations are derivative, and this one is a good read: BUT...

Several of the quotes are implausible. The notoriously taciturn Calvin Coolidge (who is said to have once replied to a woman who'd bet she could get more than two words from him, "You lose.") is rendered quite improbably prolix.

Worse, Darwin is d
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Sarah
This was prescribed reading for my Industrial Psychology Honours class and, as with most academic texts, I found this repetitive and only mildly interesting. I can only vaguely remember half of the historical events noted in its chapters on the evolving work ethic and the meanings attributed to work over the centuries. This book depressed me, simply because it highlighted the unhealthy nature of work in the 21st century and, as a student on the threshold of a corporate career, it's made me quest ...more
Elizabeth Lund
Reads like a textbook--informative with well-supported arguments, but somewhat dry.
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Sharon Beder is an honorary professor in the School of Humanities and Social Inquiry at the University of Wollongong.

Sharon's research has focussed on how power relationships are maintained and challenged, particularly by corporations and professions. She is interested in environmental politics; the rhetoric of sustainable development; the philosophies behind environmental economics; and trends in
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