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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


The Labour of Laziness in Twentieth-Century American Literature

Zuzanna Ladyga

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2021
ISBN:
9781474442923
eISBN:
9781474477031
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474442923.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

The Labour of Laziness in Twentieth-Century American Literature focuses on the issue of productivity, using the figure of laziness to negotiate the relation between the ethical and the aesthetic. ... More


Real-World Cluelessness

Michael Suk-Young Chwe

in Jane Austen, Game Theorist

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691162447
eISBN:
9781400851331
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691162447.003.0013
Subject:
Political Science, Political Theory

This chapter shows how cluelessness operates in the real world and offers five explanations for cluelessness. First, cluelessness can be considered as just another kind of mental laziness. Second, to ... More


Conclusion

Ellen Seiter

in Television and New Media Audiences

Published in print:
1998
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198711421
eISBN:
9780191694905
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198711421.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, Film, Media, and Cultural Studies

As the ABC billboard emphasizes that watching TV exudes hipness and honour in spite of the negative connotations that it is attributed with, this is made possible only because this advertising was ... 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


Introduction: Idle Nation

Pierre Saint-Amand

in The Pursuit of Laziness: An Idle Interpretation of the Enlightenment

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691149271
eISBN:
9781400838714
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691149271.003.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy

This introductory chapter illustrates individual instances maintaining their distance from the eighteenth century's prevailing trends. In contrast, at the threshold of industrialization, there is a ... More


The Surprises of Laziness: Marivaux

Pierre Saint-Amand

in The Pursuit of Laziness: An Idle Interpretation of the Enlightenment

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691149271
eISBN:
9781400838714
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691149271.003.0002
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy

This chapter discusses how Pierre Carlet de Marivaux repeatedly mentions laziness as a private dream. Marivaux's laziness is intimately linked to writing, to its constant renegotiation of the future. ... More


Chardin’s Slowness

Pierre Saint-Amand

in The Pursuit of Laziness: An Idle Interpretation of the Enlightenment

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691149271
eISBN:
9781400838714
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691149271.003.0003
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy

This chapter analyzes the dialogue in Jean-Siméon Chardin's work between labor and leisure, between effort and laziness. Chardin is known as a painter of domestic interiors, a remarkable portraitist ... More


Paradox of the Idler: Diderot

Pierre Saint-Amand

in The Pursuit of Laziness: An Idle Interpretation of the Enlightenment

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691149271
eISBN:
9781400838714
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691149271.003.0005
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy

This chapter explores how Diderot makes the idler into a figure of modernity. Diderot's idler appears in urban space. In the title character of Le Neveu de Rameau (Rameau's Nephew), he offers an ... More


Epilogue: Toward Moderation

Pierre Saint-Amand

in The Pursuit of Laziness: An Idle Interpretation of the Enlightenment

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691149271
eISBN:
9781400838714
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691149271.003.0007
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy

This epilogue explains how the scholars featured in the book hardly typify the legacy of the Enlightenment. Their aesthetics of the minimum, their desire for less, their calculated refusal of ... More


Intimate scandals: social assistance, Denmark, 2011–13

Magnus Paulsen Hansen

in The Moral Economy of Activation: Ideas, Politics and Policies

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9781447349969
eISBN:
9781447350156
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:
10.1332/policypress/9781447349969.003.0007
Subject:
Political Science, Public Policy

Chapter 7 analyses the reform labelled ’Everyone can be useful’ in Denmark in 2011-13. The reform transformed the system of the uninsured unemployed in several ways. It reduced benefits and installed ... More


“You can’t understand it”: Employers’ Perspectives of the Unemployed

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/9781501752506.003.0003
Subject:
Law, Employment Law

This chapter looks at employment from the perspective of employers. It talks about their attempts to improve the lives of workers, and their frustrations that workers don't seem to behave as they ... More


“Despite the contradictions”

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/9781501752506.003.0008
Subject:
Law, Employment Law

This chapter offers closing thoughts that reiterate and summarizes the main points of the book. The chapter explores the ways people make a careful survey of their situation and work out a method to ... More


Rousseau’s Late Botany Living to the End

Pierre Saint-Amand

in Revisioning French Culture

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9781789620207
eISBN:
9781789623727
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781789620207.003.0015
Subject:
History, Cultural History

Pierre Saint-Amand’s essay is a treatment of Rousseau’s fascination with botany. Saint-Amand argues that Rousseau occupies a distinct and eccentric space in the history of French botany, given the ... More


The Shores of Laziness

Georges Vigarello

in The Metamorphoses of Fat: A History of Obesity

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231159760
eISBN:
9780231535304
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231159760.003.0005
Subject:
History, Social History

This chapter describes how criticism of the “heavy” and “enormous” person changed in the sixteenth century. Indolence displeased; the useless was disquieting; and laziness became “the plague of human ... More


Emerging from Delusion: (Fa meng 發蒙)

in Shizi: China's First Syncretist

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231159067
eISBN:
9780231504171
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231159067.003.0006
Subject:
History, Asian History

This chapter exhorts a ruler to be circumspect at court and to discriminate between earned leisure and laziness. It first compares allocations and names to horses' reins and proceeds with the ... More


Philosophising Practice

Antonia Pont

in Practising with Deleuze: Design, Dance, Art, Writing, Philosophy

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9781474429344
eISBN:
9781474438568
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474429344.003.0002
Subject:
Philosophy, Aesthetics

Artists often explicitly consider themselves practitioners, acknowledging practising as the mode of doing from which work non-causally emerges. Practising recognises that novelty is best courted via ... More


The Bartleby Industry and Bartleby’s Idleness

Andrew Lyndon Knighton

in Idle Threats: Men and the Limits of Productivity in Nineteenth Century America

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780814748909
eISBN:
9780814748916
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9780814748909.003.0001
Subject:
Society and Culture, Cultural Studies

This chapter offers a reading of Herman Melville's short story “Bartleby, the Scrivener” in order to highlight its ruminations about idleness. “Bartleby” focuses on the problem of unproductive ... More


Evil

Owen Ware

in Fichte's Moral Philosophy

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
October 2020
ISBN:
9780190086596
eISBN:
9780190086626
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190086596.003.0006
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy

Even if the new interpretation of Fichte’s theory of conscience presented in Chapter 5 is correct, it remains unclear why he believes we all have a tendency to render our conscience obscure. This ... More


The Execution of One’s Calling

Kirk M. Summers

in Morality After Calvin: Theodore Beza's Christian Censor and Reformed Ethics

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780190280079
eISBN:
9780190280093
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190280079.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, History of Christianity

Several poems of Beza’s Cato treating the problem of idleness receive attention in this chapter. Two address the issue of finding a vocation, while two others focus on garrulity and frivolity. The ... More


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