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Autobiography: The Literary Genre of Immigration

Ilaria Serra

in The Value of Worthless Lives: Writing Italian American Immigrant Autobiographies

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
March 2011
ISBN:
9780823226788
eISBN:
9780823235032
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fso/9780823226788.003.0002
Subject:
History, Cultural History

Autobiographies provide the most real and sincere account of the process and effects of immigration that one could have. This chapter examines autobiographies as documents ... More


A Life's Journey

Gary S. Fields

in Working Hard, Working Poor: A Global Journey

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780199794645
eISBN:
9780199928606
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199794645.003.0001
Subject:
Economics and Finance, Macro- and Monetary Economics, Financial Economics

This chapter aims to hook the reader on the lives of poor workers. It begins with a description of the author's visit to high-tech China. It then narrates his own personal story on how he got to ... More


All in a Day’s Work

Manata Hashemi

in Coming of Age in Iran: Poverty and the Struggle for Dignity

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
January 2021
ISBN:
9781479876334
eISBN:
9781479806867
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9781479876334.003.0003
Subject:
Political Science, Middle Eastern Politics

This chapter examines the moral norms surrounding hard work and self-sufficiency. It discusses how work, particularly in the informal economy, is a means for some face-savers to become incrementally ... More


“They don’t want to work”: The Laziness Myth

Christine Jeske

in The Laziness Myth: Narratives of Work and the Good Life in South Africa

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
May 2021
ISBN:
9781501752506
eISBN:
9781501752537
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9781501752506.003.0002
Subject:
Law, Employment Law

This chapter takes a look at the dominant narrative the author calls the laziness myth, exploring the origins and effects of a narrative that tells employers and employees alike that laziness is to ... More


Water, Hard Work, and Farm Chemicals: The Moral Economy of Cancer

Anna Lora-Wainwright

in Fighting for Breath: Living Morally and Dying of Cancer in a Chinese Village

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780824836825
eISBN:
9780824871093
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824836825.003.0004
Subject:
Anthropology, Asian Cultural Anthropology

This chapter examines the relationship between cancer etiology and morality. It considers how Langzhong villagers tried to make sense of the reasons for the prevalence of cancer and why it affects ... More


“We want to live a good life”

Christine Jeske

in The Laziness Myth: Narratives of Work and the Good Life in South Africa

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
May 2021
ISBN:
9781501752506
eISBN:
9781501752537
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9781501752506.003.0001
Subject:
Law, Employment Law

This chapter introduces the book and talks about the ways people seek a good life, and how their various ways of seeking a good life do — or don't — intersect with work. It aims to help in ... More


Fashioning Ethiopian Laborers

Miriam Driessen

in Tales of Hope, Tastes of Bitterness: Chinese Road Builders in Ethiopia

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
January 2020
ISBN:
9789888528042
eISBN:
9789882204416
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Hong Kong University Press
DOI:
10.5790/hongkong/9789888528042.003.0005
Subject:
Anthropology, Social and Cultural Anthropology

Whereas Chinese road builders are modest about improving their own lives, they are confident about their ability to transform the lives of Ethiopian others. This chapter discusses Chinese ... More


Introduction

Anna R. Hayes

in Without Precedent: The Life of Susie Marshall Sharp

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
July 2014
ISBN:
9780807832141
eISBN:
9781469605807
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/9780807887813_hayes.4
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

This book begins with a discussion of Susie Sharp's most obvious characteristics: brains and a propensity for hard work. On both sides of her family, these qualities had enabled Susie's forebears to ... More


The Laziness Myth: Narratives of Work and the Good Life in South Africa

Christine Jeske

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
May 2021
ISBN:
9781501752506
eISBN:
9781501752537
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9781501752506.001.0001
Subject:
Law, Employment Law

When people cannot find good work, can they still find good lives? By investigating this question in the context of South Africa, where only 43 percent of adults are employed, this book invites ... More


Take This Job and Love It?: The Millennial Work Ethic and the Politics of Getting Back to Work

Jamie K. McCallum

in Youth, Jobs, and the Future: Problems and Prospects

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
November 2018
ISBN:
9780190685898
eISBN:
9780190685935
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190685898.003.0004
Subject:
Sociology, Occupations, Professions, and Work, Economic Sociology

This chapter examines the work ethic of the Millennial generation. Workers, especially young workers, have been socialized toward the work ethic in a way that impresses on them the importance of ... More


Dworkin’s Hypothetical Underemployment Insurance

Kristi A. Olson

in The Solidarity Solution: Principles for a Fair Income Distribution

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
November 2020
ISBN:
9780190907457
eISBN:
9780190907488
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190907457.003.0005
Subject:
Philosophy, Political Philosophy

Chapter 5 explains and then rejects Ronald Dworkin’s hypothetical underemployment insurance scheme and the family of views—commonly dubbed luck egalitarianism—it inspired. This chapter argues that ... More


From Hope to Alienation: North Americans Enter the Baby Business

Amy Speier

in Fertility Holidays: IVF Tourism and the Reproduction of Whiteness

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9781479827664
eISBN:
9781479858996
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9781479827664.003.0002
Subject:
Anthropology, Medical Anthropology

This chapter introduces North Americans and describes their reactions to being diagnosed with infertility and the culturally meaningful ways they respond. Often, their responses are contradictory. ... More


Setting the Table

Janet A. Flammang

in Table Talk: Building Democracy One Meal at a Time

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252040290
eISBN:
9780252098550
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252040290.003.0002
Subject:
Society and Culture, Cultural Studies

This chapter considers how academic table studies can be combined with people's table stories. It begins with a discussion of “table reservations” and some words of caution about how to interpret ... More


Single Women in Marriage and Employment Markets in Japan

Lynne Y. Nakano

in Capturing Contemporary Japan: Differentiation and Uncertainty

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780824838683
eISBN:
9780824868895
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824838683.003.0007
Subject:
Anthropology, Asian Cultural Anthropology

This chapter examines the perceptions of single women about their lives during and after their marriageable years. Drawing on research that involved extensive interviews with single women and ... More


Does Expanded Newborn Screening Save Lives?

Stefan Timmermans and Mara Buchbinder

in Saving Babies?: The Consequences of Newborn Genetic Screening

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780226924977
eISBN:
9780226924991
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226924991.003.0007
Subject:
Sociology, Health, Illness, and Medicine

This chapter turns to the lifesaving promise underlying newborn screening. Our starting point is the presumption that newborn screening does not save lives by itself. In the most fortunate of ... More


Hard Work Is Insufficient

Mark Robert Rank, Lawrence M. Eppard, and Heather E. Bullock

in Poorly Understood: What America Gets Wrong About Poverty

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
May 2021
ISBN:
9780190881382
eISBN:
9780190881412
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190881382.003.0006
Subject:
Social Work, Social Policy

Chapter 6 explores the role of hard work in avoiding poverty. It is often assumed that anyone can get ahead and avoid poverty by working hard. This chapter argues that hard work is a necessary but ... More


The Value of Education

Mark Clague

in The Memoirs of Alton Augustus Adams, Sr.: First Black Bandmaster of the United States Navy

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520251311
eISBN:
9780520933811
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520251311.003.0005
Subject:
Music, History, American

The availability of education for blacks supports Adams's argument of a beneficent Danish government. This chapter describes the system of public and private schools on the islands and gives a sense ... More


The Early Years

Julian M. Pleasants

in The Political Career of W. Kerr Scott: The Squire from Haw River

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780813146775
eISBN:
9780813156064
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813146775.003.0002
Subject:
History, Political History

Descended from Scots-Irish pioneers, the Scott family set up a prosperous farm in Hawfields, North Carolina. The family was influential beyond Kerr Scott. His father served as a state legislator, and ... More


Education, 1957–1979

Michael Scheuer

in Osama Bin Laden

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
February 2015
ISBN:
9780199738663
eISBN:
9780190252465
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199738663.003.0002
Subject:
Political Science, International Relations and Politics

This chapter focuses on the education of Osama bin Laden from 1957 to 1979. It provides a background on bin Laden’s youth and his family, as well as the impact of his father, Muhammad bin-Awad bin ... More


Born Strong without Fear

Susan M. Reverby

in Co-conspirator for Justice: The Revolutionary Life of Dr. Alan Berkman

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
May 2021
ISBN:
9781469656250
eISBN:
9781469656274
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469656250.003.0002
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

Berkman was raised within a family of tough Jews who knew how to work hard and fight. Raised in a small town within the religiosity and communal values of his Jewish family, Berkman found his place ... More


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