The Nature of Work from Prehistoric Times to the Era of the Industrial Revolution: A Sociological Perspective


Alex Somuah Obeng
Senior Lecturer, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Cape Coast, Ghana

Series: Social Issues, Justice and Status
BISAC: SOC026000
DOI: 10.52305/WOGE8251

The beginning of an essay penned by Bob Black in 1985 titled “The Abolition of Work” read, “No one should ever work”. The writer believed that work is the source of nearly all the misery in the world. Almost any evil you would care to name comes from working or from living in a world designed for work. In order to stop suffering, we have to stop working. In a leisure-loving culture, many would wholeheartedly echo Black’s sentiment. Many people across the globe spend most of their time working for survival. Is work a curse, or is it something that humans were uniquely designed to do?

In stark contrast to the assertions of Bob Black, the significance and beneficial nature of work is a resounding theme in our everyday activities. This book examines the nature of work from prehistoric times to the era of industrial revolution. It also touches on the concept of work and the contemporary nature of work. A striking feature of this piece is its theoretical exploration to understanding the nature of work and its detailed discussion of occupations and professions. The operations of labour unions have also been given attention, bringing out some negotiation skills used by actors during conflict situations within bureaucratic set ups. Critical issues such as unemployment, finding and applying for a job, training and development, stress at the work place, feminization of work and the future of work have all received considerable attention in this practical piece.
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Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Chapter 1. Antecedence of Work

Chapter 2. The Concept of Work

Chapter 3. Alienation at the Workplace

Chapter 4. Perspectives on Motivation

Chapter 5. Seeking Job Satisfaction

Chapter 6. Occupations and Professions

Chapter 7. Formal Organisation and Bureaucracy

Chapter 8. Disruptions and Barriers at the Workplace

Chapter 9. Stress at the Workplace

Chapter 10. Stress at the Workplace

Chapter 11. Conflict and Conflict Resolution at the Workplace

Chapter 12. Unemployment

Chapter 13. Finding and Applying for a Job

Chapter 14. Training and Development

Chapter 15. Feminisation of Work

Chapter 16. The Future of Work


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