Henry at work : Thoreau on making a living / John Kaag, Jonathan van Belle.
Book | Princeton University Press | 2023
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xxvii, 203 pages : illustrations (black and white) ; 23 cm
Includes bibliographical references (pages 187-192) and index.
"In this book, John Kaag and Jonathan van Belle illuminate an underexplored aspect of worked-over cultural icon Henry David Thoreau and what his thinking has to tell us about the way we work now. Henry at Work overturns the popular perception of Thoreau as a navel-gazing recluse, scornful of work and other mundanities. Just the opposite, they argue, Thoreau worked hard and thought intensely about work: why we do it, what we hope to gain from it, and what it does to us. They aim to show readers not only Thoreau the writer and philosopher, but also the lesser-known Thoreau: Thoreau the worker, economist, and even the efficiency expert"-- Provided by publisher.
Preface: Economy -- Resignation -- Clocking in -- Manual work -- Machine work -- Funny business -- Meaningless work -- Immoral work -- Compensation -- Coworkers -- Fulfilling work -- Conclusion: The business of living.
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Online version: Kaag, John, 1979- Henry at work Princeton : Princeton University Press, 2023 9780691244716 (DLC) 2022034986
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