Work, Consumerism and the New Poor (2nd Edition) (Issues in by Zygmunt Bauman

By Zygmunt Bauman

From one in all today's most outstanding thinkers--a piercing exam of poverty within the glossy age

If "being poor" as soon as derived its that means from the of being unemployed, at the present time it attracts its which means essentially from the plight of a fallacious purchaser. This contrast really makes a distinction within the method poverty is skilled and within the probabilities to redeem its misery.

This soaking up e-book strains this alteration, and makes a list of its social results. It additionally considers methods of battling again advancing poverty and mitigating its hardships, and tackles the issues of poverty in its current form.

The new version positive factors: up to date assurance of the growth made through key thinkers within the box A dialogue of modern paintings on redundancy, disposability, and exclusion Explorations of latest theories of plausible ideas to poverty

Students of sociology, politics, and social coverage will locate this to be a useful textual content at the altering value and implications of a permanent social challenge.

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As work gradually moved away from its central position of the meeting point between individual motives, social integration and systemic reproduction, the work ethic – as we have already noted – was slowly demoted from its function of supreme regulatory principle. By now it had backed out or has been elbowed out from many areas of social and individual life it previously directly or obliquely regimented. The non-working section of the population remained perhaps its last retreat, or rather its last chance of survival.

It is this inadequacy, this inability to acquit oneself of the consumer’s duties, that turns into bitterness at being left behind, disinherited or degraded, shut off or excluded from the social feast to which others gained entry. Overcoming that consumer inadequacy is likely to be seen as the only remedy – the sole exit from a humiliating plight. As Peter Kelvin and Joanna E. Jarett discovered in their pioneering study of the social-psychological effects of unemployment in a consumer society, one aspect of the situation is particularly painful to people out of work: 7 a ‘seemingly unending amount of free time’ coupled with their ‘inability to make use of it .

As a matter of fact, the promise is all the more attractive the less the need in question is familiar; there is a lot of fun in living through an experience one did not even know existed and was available. The excitement of the new and unprecedented sensation is the name of the consumer game. As Mark C. Taylor and Esa Saarinen put it, ‘desire does not desire satisfaction. To the contrary, desire desires desire’;3 the desire of 26 Work, consumerism and the new poor an ideal consumer at any rate.

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