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Work: The Last 1,000 Years

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Tracing the complexity and contradictory nature of work throughout history
By the end of the nineteenth century, the general Western conception of work had been reduced to simply gainful employment. But this limited perspective contrasted sharply with the personal experience of most people in the world--whether in colonies, developing countries or in the industrializing world. Mo
Published October 10th 2017 by Verso
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Aug 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Een onmisbaar overzicht voor iedereen die zich afvraagt waarom in godsnaam ze maandagochtend in een meeting zitten over strategische doelstellingen en hun SEO-vertaling.
Nov 04, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Fascinating subject but very dry writing - I was relieved to finish this book and question why I persevered with it to the end. I would recommend it as a reference book for those writing academically on the subject, but not for general consumption.
TammyJo Eckhart
May 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
There are many ways to write a history of a broad topic like work, family, rivers, etc. Sometimes an author has a given philosophy that underpins their use of facts and data as well as their interpretation of them. This is rather clearly a marxist approach to the subject of work and while I'm very glad that the author, Andrea Komlosy, didn't hide this fact, some people might automatically reject a book for such an approach. Every theory will have limitations and strengths and this is a good exam ...more
Jun 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Not recommended as light reading. Unnecessarily technical and wordy. I love trudging through a difficult book if it feels like it deserves the difficulty. This does not - it could have easily made the same arguments in a much upfront way which would make it accessible to a wider audience. As it stands it functions more as a reference or an undergraduate primer on the history of the conception of work. That said, it is not nearly detailed or broad enough to be used as the only source for such a t ...more
Sep 14, 2018 rated it it was ok
A more academic study than I expected, and ended up skipping over the large portion of the historical matter in the middle, though I really enjoyed the front and end chapters.
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