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The Corrosion of Character The Personal Consequences of Work in the New Capitalism

Author : Richard Sennett
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Drawing on interviews with former IBM executives, bakers, a former bartender who entered the advertising profession, and many other interesting characters, this exploration of work and the new economy looks at the effects of the changing workplace on a wide range of people. Reprint.

The Corrosion of Character The Personal Consequences of Work in the New Capitalism

Author : Richard Sennett
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A Business Week Best Book of the Year.... "A devastating and wholly necessary book."—Studs Terkel, author of Working In The Corrosion of Character, Richard Sennett, "among the country's most distinguished thinkers . . . has concentrated into 176 pages a profoundly affecting argument" (Business Week) that draws on interviews with dismissed IBM executives, bakers, a bartender turned advertising executive, and many others to call into question the terms of our new economy. In his 1972 classic, The Hidden Injuries of Class (written with Jonathan Cobb), Sennett interviewed a man he called Enrico, a hardworking janitor whose life was structured by a union pay schedule and given meaning by his sacrifices for the future. In this new book-a #1 bestseller in Germany-Sennett explores the contemporary scene characterized by Enrico's son, Rico, whose life is more materially successful, yet whose work lacks long-term commitments or loyalties. Distinguished by Sennett's "combination of broad historical and literary learning and a reporter's willingness to walk into a store or factory [and] strike up a conversation" (New York Times Book Review), this book "challenges the reader to decide whether the flexibility of modern capitalism . . . is merely a fresh form of oppression" (Publishers Weekly, starred review). Praise for The Corrosion of Character: "A benchmark for our time."—Daniel Bell "[A]n incredibly insightful book."—William Julius Wilson "[A] remarkable synthesis of acute empirical observation and serious moral reflection."—Richard Rorty "[Sennett] offers abundant fresh insights . . . illuminated by his concern with people's struggle to give meaning to their lives."—[Memphis] Commercial Appeal


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Happiness Paradox

Author : Ziyad Marar
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The Happiness Paradox examines the modern obsession with the pursuit of happiness.

Reasons and Rationalizations

Author : Chris Argyris
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What is the purpose of social science and management research? Do scholars/researchers have a responsibility to generate insights and knowledge that are of practical (implementable) value and validity? We are told we live in turbulent and changing times, should this not provide an important opportunity for management researchers to provide understanding and guidance? Yet there is widespread concern about the efficacy of much research: These are some of the puzzles/pressing problems that Chris Argyris addresses in this short book. Argyris is one of the best known management scholars in the world - a leading light whose work has consistently addressed fundamental organizational questions, and who has provided some of the key concepts and building blocks of our understanding of organizational learning - single and double learning, theory in use, and espoused theory etc. In this book he questions many of the assumptions of organizational theory and research, and his investigation is not confined to academic analysis. He also scrutinizes that capacity for 'unproductive reasoning' (self-deception and rationalization) that is common amongst managers, consultants, and indeed more generally. As well as engaging with the work of leading organizational researchers (Sennett, Gabriel, Burgelman, Czarniawska, Grint, for example)he also ponders the work of the consultants, commentators, and accountants who endorsed Enron. Throughout his purpose is to affirm the goal and values of useful knowledge. His style/enquiry is direct but fair, challenging, if at times uncompromising. Drawing on his own wealth of experience of researching and working with organizations, this book will be a reference point for all concerned to develop useful knowledge and confront the defences and deceptions that are only too commonplace in the business and academic worlds.

Advances in Library Administration and Organization

Author : Edward D. Garten
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A collection of essays, designed to challenge working administrators and researchers to look more closely at their operations and consider again how they develop people and the organizations in which they work.

This Restless Life

Author : Brigid Delaney
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We often live in transit, shifting between jobs, cities and countries, trying to build communities in a virtual world, but longing - maybe before dropping off to sleep at night - for some stronger connection. The savage playground of speed dating. High-risk, low-loyalty workplaces, scattered around the world. Friendships and love affairs conducted through technology. Globalisation and the long boom have changed the way young people love, work and travel. In This Restless Life, journalist Brigid Delaney looks at the impact that hyper-mobility and the excesses of consumer culture have had on the restless generation. She hears stories from young Australians in the departure lounges of outer London airports, at parties in Rome and Sydney, in the caf s of Berlin and Paris. They feel 'nation-stateless', adrift. Their affluence in the new economy has come at a cost. Having lived the restless life herself - fifteen cities over the past fifteen years - Delaney laments the loss of the things that for previous generations held life together, like romantic love, full-time permanent work and real-world communities. But just as the pace of the new economy changed us into restless human beings, might the global financial crisis provide this generation with an opportunity to slow down and reassess how it might live?

Good work

Author : Harry Kunneman
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Building on Richard Sennetts recent work this books tries to clarify the ethical significance of craftsmanship. According to Sennett, `learning to work well is a deep source of personal meaning and of fruitful cooperation. Moreover provides the foundation of citizenship. Learning to master a craft is learning to be curious and patient, to focus on relationships and learn the skills of anticipation and revision, in a continual dialogue with material that resists `quick fixes and turns the craftsman `outward. In the contemporary search for practically relevant perspectives that point beyond the moral poverty of a market driven society, `the ethics of craftsmanship thus offers an intriguing and fruitful perspective, worth of in depth exploration. This book contains the following chapters: Introduction: Craftsmanship and Normative Professionalization, Harry Kunneman (ed.) PART I: CONCEPTUAL AND PRACTICAL QUESTIONS 1. The Corrosion of Character and Society. Sennett's Quest for morality, Joseph Dohmen 2. Parenthood and professional Work with Parents in Neoliberal Times: The Need for a subjunctive and Dialogical Approach, Katie-Lee Weille 3. Parenting as Craftsmanship. Moving between an Awareness of Being Responsible and `Good Parent-Experiences, Margreth Hoek 4. The Challenge of Organizing Social Work in the Episode of the Civil Society, Gerdien Blom 5. Local Welfare and the Rise of the Crafting Community, Willem Trommel 6. The `Workshop of social Work: Towards an Ethnography of Social Professionalism, Martijn van Lanen 7. The Art of E-care: Virtuous Care Work, Skills ad Information Technology, Mark Coeckelbergh 8. Good Work in a University Hospital. Professional Responsibility Revisited, Yolande Witman 9. Cynical Free Speech and Righteous Change, Rob Hundman PART II METHODOLOGICAL QUESTIONS 10. Handling Domestic Violence. The Power and Fragility of Tacit Knowing, Sietske Dijkstra 11. Between an `Undoable Science and a `New Kind of Research:Life Course Methods to Study Turnings Points and Landmarks, Magda Nico & Wander van der Vaart 12. Do Proxies Know as Much as their Partners? Similarities and Differences of personal Event Ratings, Ales Neusar & Wander van der Vaart 13. Application of Mixed Methods and Third party Help in a Hard-to-Reach Population, Melissa Quetulio-Navarra, Wander van der Vaart & Anke Niehof

Upward Mobility and the Common Good

Author : Bruce Robbins
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Reinterpreting novels by figures such as Balzac, Stendhal, Emily Brontë, Dickens, Dreiser, Wells, Doctorow, and Ishiguro, along with a number of films, Bruce Robbins shows how deeply the material and erotic desires of upwardly mobile characters are intertwined with the aid they receive from some sort of benefactor or mentor.

Subversive Spirituality

Author : L. Paul Jensen
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Subversive Spirituality links the practice and study of Christian spirituality with Christian mission. It develops a twofold thesis: grace, spiritual disciplines, and mission practices are inseparably linked in the mission of Jesus, of the early church, and of several historical renewal movements, as well as in a contemporary field research sample; and amidst the collapse of space and time evidenced by our culture's increasingly hurried pace of life, more time and space are needed for regular solitary and communal spiritual practices in church, mission, and leadership structures if Christian mission is to transform people and culture in our time. This requires a subversion of the collapsed spatial and temporal codes that have infected our Christian institutions. Jensen employs methods and approaches from a variety of academic disciplines to explore both spirituality in terms of space and time and mission in terms of deed and word. Specifically, Jensen examines the spirituality and mission of Jesus, the early church, the apostolic fathers, Origen, the Devotio Moderna, the early Jesuits, David Brainerd, and several women in 19th century Protestant missions. He considers the spirituality and mission that have arisen within the postmodern generations born after 1960. Based on the theological, historical, cultural, and field analyses of this study, a model for spirituality and mission is proposed. The model addresses the contemporary collapse of space and time and appears to have widespread applicability to diverse cultures and eras. Jensen's model is applied to the pluralistic and postmodern milieu of North America with recommendations for spirituality and mission in church, mission, and educational structures. A derivative model for teaching and practicing spirituality and mission in the academy, which also has application for non-formal leadership development structures, is also proposed.