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Author Jeske, Christine, author
Title The laziness myth : narratives of work and the good life in South Africa / Christine Jeske
Imprint Ithaca : ILR Press, an imprint of Cornell University Press, 2020
book jacket
 Ethnology Library  HD4905.3.S6 J47 2020    DUE 09-27-21    30520020894565
Descript ix, 230 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 195-226) and index
Introduction : "We want to live a good life" -- "They don't want to work": The Laziness Myth -- "You can't understand it" : Employers' Perspectives of the Unemployed -- "I need to respect that person and that person needs to respect me" : The Respect Narrative -- "Hustling is when you try to make a good life" : The Hustling Narrative -- "I'm just a laborer" : The Laborer Narrative -- "I have a good story" : Possibilities -- Closing Thoughts : "Despite the contradictions"
"When people cannot find good work, can they still find good lives? By investigating this question in the context of South Africa, where only 43 percent of adults are employed, Christine Jeske challenges readers to examine their own assumptions about how work and the good life do or do not coincide"-- Provided by publisher
Subject Work ethic -- South Africa
Laziness -- South Africa
Work -- South Africa -- Psychological aspects
Blacks -- Employment -- South Africa
Unemployment -- Social aspects -- South Africa
Unemployed -- South Africa -- Attitudes
Well-being -- South Africa
Quality of life -- South Africa
Happiness -- South Africa
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