Self, Culture and Society
November 27 , 2013
“The manifold consequences of any social problem, particularly those that prod individuals to rebel or to seek
reforms, are only fully operative when an objectively undesirable situation comes to be perceived as such and
regarded as amendable to change” (Rinehart, P.2)
Essay Due in Next Lecture, Due Dec 4 , 2013
• You will be assessed on both the form and content of your essay
• Form: sentence structure, paragraph structure, logical organization, grammar, clarity of exposition,
consistent referencing, proper bibliography.
• Content: scope and depth of textual analysis, clear thesis statements and wellarticulated questions,
grasp of concepts, synthesis of course materials, clarity of analysis of arguments.
▯understand key concepts.
• No Wikipedia or other online sources
• You must attach a completed AI Quiz to your essay!
• After quotes: (Authors name, page)
• Rinehart: ‘Sociology of work’ in historical context
work as a ‘social problem’ (mills)
▯expecting a raise but not getting the one you want
▯or expected raise is not equal to the cost of living
▯a dream that you were at work
▯obeyed an order that made absolute sense to you?
▯How much does it cost you to get to work?
Alienation: more than a subjective feeling, it has ‘structural causes’ (capitallabour relation)
• Rice: work as a social problem.
Division of labour and social relations
Technology (dead labour) and ‘deskilling’ of ‘living labour’.
▯forms of resistance to alienation (stealing pens, etc)
▯Call in sick (when you’re not sick)
Work as a ‘Social Problem’
• It’s a central human activity – we transform our lived environment (appropriate nature) and this process
alters our own ‘natures’
• It has a profound impact on our lives
Accomplishment or meaninglessness
Pride or shame
Spills over into our nonpaid work time
• How does work adversely affect us? Minds, Bodies? How different from preindustrial times? E.G:
• “Social history in the nineteenth century was thus the result of a double movement: the extension of the
market organization in respect to genuine commodities was accompanied by tis restriction in respect to
fictitious ones” (Polanyi, The Great Transformat