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The Oxford Book of Work

Keith Thomas

Oxford University Press 1999. 616 s.

  • A unique anthology covering every aspect of work by one of our most respected social historians.
  • Combines philosophy, history, and literary genres (autobiography, verse, fiction) to create a book that is both entertaining and thought-provoking.
  • Designed by the author as a continuous narrative, from definitions of work and starting work through to retirement and death, taking in dozens of occupations and including leisure and unemployment, linked by frequent editorial commentary.
  • Excellent introductory essay by Keith Thomas on the changing meaning of work.

  • I The Nature of Work
  • I The Primal curse
  • II Compensations and Rewards
  • III All in a Day's Work
  • II Kinds of Work
  • IV Woman's Work and Child Labour
  • V Working the Land and Sea
  • VI All Manner of Occupations
  • VII Head Work
  • III The Reform of Work
  • VIII Dissatisfactions
  • Epilogue
  • IX Life after Work
  • Acknowledgements
  • Index of Authors and Sources Quoted