Work, Consumerism and the New Poor

Work, Consumerism and the New Poor

Work Consumerism and the New Poor From one of today s most eminent thinkers a piercing examination of poverty in the modern ageIf being poor once derived its meaning from the condition of being unemployed today it draws its meaning p

  • Title: Work, Consumerism and the New Poor
  • Author: Zygmunt Bauman Tim May
  • ISBN: 9780335215980
  • Page: 227
  • Format: Paperback
  • From one of today s most eminent thinkers a piercing examination of poverty in the modern ageIf 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.This absoFrom one of today s most eminent thinkers a piercing examination of poverty in the modern ageIf 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.This absorbing book traces this change, and makes an inventory of its social consequences It also considers ways of fighting back advancing poverty and mitigating its hardships, and tackles the problems of poverty in its present form.The new edition features Up to date coverage of the progress made by key thinkers in the field A discussion of recent work on redundancy, disposability, and exclusion Explorations of new theories of workable solutions to povertyStudents of sociology, politics, and social policy will find this to be an invaluable text on the changing significance and implications of an enduring social problem.

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    Bauman died yesterday - the point is not to mourn for him, but to learn from him.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 [...]

    Good philosophical presentation of the plight of the poor from a socialist perspective. He does acknowledge that every society has struggled with poverty, but seems to only delve into the failure of western society. Maybe he covers this in his other work but, I see a distinct bias with no offered solution. Except on the last page he suggests simple living as a way out of it. This is a spiritual issue which he never covers, not an economic/social issue.Would like to see where he takes his theorie [...]

    "‘reality is full like an egg. To the point of making it virtually impossible to escape its constraints. We believe them to be eternal – until they are effaced by history.’ And he [Droit] goes on pointing out that in Pericles’ Greece or Caesar’s Rome it would be a tall order to think of a world without slave labour, much like it would be all but impossible to think of a world without monarchy in the times of Bossuet. How can we be sure, therefore, that an economy which is not a slave o [...]

    Very illuminating. This book describes the origin of work ethic and why a society evolves into consumer society from a producer society.

    I read the book's Cantonese version for university work, so terrifying accurate on the state of poor and all the things that come under.

    Estamos inmersos en una época de cambio. Los mercados mandan, los logros sociales están en retroceso, el estado del bienestar está moribundo. La situación evoluciona de una forma que parece irreversible, y que, leyendo este libro, parece una consecuencia lógica de la evolución que ha tenido la sociedad y el mercado de trabajo. Pero 'lógica' no es sinónimo de 'buena' o 'adecuada' De hecho, no parece que el camino por el que bajamos cada vez a mayor velocidad sea, ni mucho menos, beneficio [...]

    -El trabajo es juzgado desde la estética / ejercer la vocación es un privilegio - Esta es una sociedad de coleccionistas de experiencias - Un trabajo entretenido es el privilegio más envidiado - Los "pobres que trabajan", gran ironía - Las terribles exigencias de la lucha por la vida bastan y sobran

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