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The Way We Work: Contemporary Writings from the American Workplace (Hardback)

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ISBN 10: 0826516084 / ISBN 13: 9780826516084
Edité par Vanderbilt University Press, United States, 2008
Neuf(s) Etat : New Hardback
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Language: English . Brand New Book. The Way We Work reveals that a seismic change has occurred in the workplace since the appearance in 1974 of Studs Terkel s Working . Terkel s subjects, despite their alienation, had a sense of themselves as workers and felt that in the workplace they were part of a community. By contrast, while some of the narrators in The Way We Work feel passionate about their work, others are barely conscious that they are workers. In transit from one job to another, some workers find it hard to take either their co-workers or their job situation too much to heart. One pronoun rarely used by the narrators of the works in this anthology is we. Each of the 43 pieces in The Way We Work represents a voice that is idiosyncratic, ironic, or humorous. Alongside such acclaimed writers as Tom Wolfe, Rick Bass, Barbara Garson, Ha Jin, Charles Bowden, Erica Funkhouser, Allan Gurganus, Catherine Anderson, Philip Levine, Edward Conlon, and Mona Simpson, appear the narratives of little-known writers. No other collection of writings about contemporary work in this country showcases the personal accounts of employees from a creative, literary perspective. N° de réf. du libraire AAN9780826516084

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Titre : The Way We Work: Contemporary Writings from ...

Éditeur : Vanderbilt University Press, United States

Date d'édition : 2008

Reliure : Hardback

Etat du livre :New

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"The Way We Work" reveals that a seismic change has occurred in the workplace since the appearance in 1974 of Studs Terkel's "Working". Terkel's subjects, despite their alienation, had a sense of themselves as workers and felt that in the workplace they were part of a community. By contrast, while some of the narrators in "The Way We Work" feel passionate about their work, others are barely conscious that they are 'workers.' In transit from one job to another, some workers find it hard to take either their co-workers or their job situation too much to heart. One pronoun rarely used by the narrators of the works in this anthology is 'we.'Each of the 43 pieces in "The Way We Work" represents a voice that is idiosyncratic, ironic, or humorous. Alongside such acclaimed writers as Tom Wolfe, Rick Bass, Barbara Garson, Ha Jin, Charles Bowden, Erica Funkhouser, Allan Gurganus, Catherine Anderson, Philip Levine, Edward Conlon, and Mona Simpson, appear the narratives of little-known writers. No other collection of writings about contemporary work in this country showcases the personal accounts of employees from a creative, literary perspective.

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I'd like to express the sense of excitement that "The Way We Work" generates in me as a teacher at a working-class university, where students and instructors alike would greatly benefit from the use of this book in introductory writing courses. "The Way We Work" goes far beyond the limits of the multicultural readers that stress human commonalties in a more sentimental, celebratory, and merely experiential way. The emphasis on work takes us to a core conception of what it means to be human and reminds us of the pressures exerted on our humanity by our present-day social and economic arrangements.--Barbara Foley, Rutgers-Newark

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