Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Post #2

Respond to one of these questions:

1) Many of the text we've read discuss the idea of status. Think about the communities you belong to - your family, groups of friends, neighborhoods, and/or ethnic communities. What gives someone status in each of these communities or groups? What do you think this suggests about the values of your community? Are they the same as yours? Do you aspire to status in your community - or to something else. 

2) Terkel's book was first published in 1972. In the sections we've read so far, what struck you as aspects of working life that have changed the most? What surprised you? In what ways do you think some of jobs described and working life in general have gotten better? Worse? What has stayed the same? 

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Post #1

In a short post, respond to one of these topics. Don't feel the need to answer each question in order: use them to get your thoughts going. 

1) If you currently have a job, describe a day in the life. What is your routine? What does your workplace look like? How would you describe the atmosphere? What changes would you make if you could? 

2) Describe the image of work you had growing up. What kind of work did your parents (or other adults in your home) do? What did your parents or other adults in your house tell you about work? How did they talk about their own jobs? How do your ideas about work compare to theirs? 

Remember to email me the address of your blog. 

Saturday, March 14, 2009


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