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should have added an interview with Studs. Terkel, who performed a heroic job of work working. People Talk About What They. Do All Day and How They. Working has ratings and reviews. lola said: like any studs terkel book, you start off like wow, everyone has a story and then pages later. 12 Jun Studs Terkel. For better or worse, the world that Studs Terkel captured forty years ago in his brilliant oral history of American workers, Working.

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What caught teroel attention is that everyone has a secret dream job, what they imagine they’d rather be doing, where things would be better somehow. The narrative moves through mundane details, emotional truths, and existential questioning.

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He said it was the hardest and most dangerous job he’d ever had. The subject of the book is the way that most jobs even “good” jobs have become dehumanizing. You can look ahead and pace yourself better with a physical book. He flew out to Chicago and told Terkel he wanted to adapt the book into a musical.

The project is a collaboration with Working in Americaa nationally traveling photo exhibit and online archive of workers in the U. The immediate practical aftermath of the civil rights movement and the beginning of the cynici I’ve had this on my list for ages, recommended by people I respect the most. Most of them are griping, which I can relate to, but that may be part of Here’s another one for my unfinished shelf, unfortunately. tdrkel

‘Working’ Then And Now: Studs Terkel’s Book Interviews Resurface As Audio : NPR

It’s an accurate picture of real life. View all 6 comments. The book also reflects Terkel’s general idea that work can be difficult tterkel still provides meaning for workers. Just building it bigger and bigger… In America, where our jobs are one of the main determinants of our social standing, it is no surprise that status anxiety plays a big role in worker dissatisfactions.


It broke my heart reading about the maintenance herkel or secretary who didn’t want to tell people what they did because they were immediately looked down on for how they made their living.

It goes without saying that inequality—economic, social, political—is a major source of concern. It’s not like it’s a complete story, and I’m missing the ending. He got these stories out of people without being cookie cutter, or having a transparent framework of pat questions.

Here is a sample:. But frankly it is far too long and should have worming edited read: Facebook Twitter Flipboard Email. But now I have a vague idea of what that experience was like, and I feel a little less limited.

Not everyone’s happy, not everyone’s unhappy with their jobs but Stud Terkel does an admirable job of portraying each of them through text, their personalities, their hopes and fears are well defined, and that is what makes it most interesting.

I’ve wanted to read this book for a long time. I’m not at all familiar with oral history. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. If you feel you must, read it as History. And I am horribly limited.

‘Working’ Then And Now: Studs Terkel’s Book Interviews Resurface As Audio

Then and now Working is still what we do, even if it isn’t who we are. Even the workers who have worked their whole lives doing very repetitive work show themselves thoughtful and sometimes brilliant in their interviews. I love this book. Some workers feel dissatisfied because of the disconnect between their jobs and the rest of their lives.


But it’s great, tiny David! Book Eight’s stories are about a copy boy, a publisher, a proofreader, a department store manager, a jazz musician, an executive, the director of a bakery cooperative, a hospital aide, a baby nurse, a public stue teacher, an alternative school teacher, an occupational therapist, a patient’s representative, a practical nurse in an old people’s home, a memorial counselor, and a grave digger.

Feb 15, MissUnderstoodGenius rated it it was amazing. The glass ceiling is still firmly in place in many professions, “affirmative action” notwithstanding.

Working: People Talk about What They Do All Day and How They Feel about What They Do

Support for this project comes from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Following a preface, a foreword, and an introduction, the volume is divided into nine “books,” each of which contains one or more subsections that provide several accounts of working people’s jobs and lives. Nearly pages of often moving, intense interviews with workers across all sectors and income levels, Working functions both as an important historical document and impetus for raising vital questions about how we spend our time on this wworking.

Here is Sharon Atkins, a receptionist: I really enjoyed this book. And then there is that universal blight of terkeo, the lack of meaning. It covers the spectrum of America’s classes and is not at all limited to the ‘working class’ that the title and even initial worikng may imply. Rose Hoffman, because she’s such an awful person, but still trying, still given space to make her own points and to dig the hole deeper.