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The meaning of work

Background
In the next two sections, we change direction slightly and consider some sociologically-informed perspectives on work and education.

The meaning of work
Noon, Blyton & Morrell (2013) explore why people work with particular emphasis on the economic and moral dimensions of work. Their key concepts include extrinsic and instrinsic rewards and the work ethic. They discuss work ethics from Protestant, Islamic, Buddhist and Catholic perspectives.


Activity
Before attempting this chapter, you are invited to consider your initial responses to the following questions:
1/What are your main reasons for working: monetary or expressive? What about for the majority of people in the UK?
2/ If you had a big lottery win, would you: stop working, continue working in same job or continue working but under different conditions? What about people across the UK? Other countries e.g. Germany, Japan?
3/ Which sentence do you agree with most?
'Work is a right to which everyone is entitled' or 'Work is a duty that everyone should undertake'
What about people across the UK? Other countries e.g. Netherlands, Israel?

Once you have considered these questions, please read chapter 3 The meaning of work from Noon, Blyton & Morrell (2013).