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Stanley Aronowitz and William DiFazio

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780816674510

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816674510.001.0001

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The Jobless Future?

The Jobless Future?

(p.328) Chapter 11 The Jobless Future?
The Jobless Future

Stanley Aronowitz

William DiFazio

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter suggests that paid work is a socially and psychologically constructed “need” shared by those who have been successfully accustomed to think that the link between holding a job and having “dignity” is a given. In this view, the self is identical to its place in the paid labor force. Individuals under retirement age are motivated to seek and hold paid labor to take pride in the fact that, as workers, they are able to provide for self and family without state aid or charity. According to the American ideology, individuals—not the economic and social system—are ultimately responsible for their fate; the market adjusts itself at a level approximating full employment, and any joblessness is temporary for responsible and able-bodied individuals.

Keywords:   paid work, dignity, self, paid labor force, joblessness

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