By Zygmunt Bauman
From considered one of today's most outstanding thinkers--a piercing exam of poverty within the smooth age
If "being poor" as soon as derived its which means from the situation of being unemployed, this present day it attracts its which means basically from the plight of a mistaken shopper. This contrast really makes a distinction within the means poverty is skilled and within the probabilities to redeem its misery.
This soaking up e-book lines this variation, and makes a list of its social effects. It additionally considers methods of scuffling with again advancing poverty and mitigating its hardships, and tackles the issues of poverty in its current form.
The new version beneficial properties: up to date assurance of the growth made via key thinkers within the box A dialogue of modern paintings on redundancy, disposability, and exclusion Explorations of recent theories of practicable options to poverty
Students of sociology, politics, and social coverage will locate this to be a useful textual content at the altering importance and implications of an everlasting social challenge.
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The work ethic encapsulated abnormality in the phenomenon of unemployment – ‘abnormal’ was not to work. Expectedly, the persistent presence of the poor tended to be explained alternatively by the shortage of work or the shortage of the will to work. The messages of the likes of Charles Booth or Seebohm Rowntree – that one can remain poor while in full employment, and therefore the phenomenon of poverty cannot be explained by the insufﬁcient spread of the work ethic – came to the British enlightened opinion as a shock.
The promise of more money left in the pocket after taxes is attractive to the electorate not so much for the promise of more consumption, as for the prospect of more choice of what is to be consumed, more pleasures of shopping and choosing; it is to that promise of more frequently exercised choice that it is believed to owe its astonishing seductive power. For all practical intents and purposes, it is the means, not the end, that counts. Fulﬁlling the vocation of the consumer means more choosing, whether or not this results in more consumption.
The jobs of the old, ‘for life’, sometimes even hereditary, character are conﬁned to a few old industries and old professions and are rapidly shrinking in number. New vacancies tend to be ﬁxed term, until further notice and part-time. They are often combined with other occupations, and deprived of any safeguards of continuity, let alone of permanence. The catchword is ﬂexibility, and this increasingly fashionable notion stands for a game of hire and ﬁre with very few rules attached, but with power to change the rules unilaterally while the game is still being played.
Work, Consumerism and the New Poor (2nd Edition) (Issues in Society) by Zygmunt Bauman