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11 - Conclusion

Meaningful Waged Work and Its Implications for the Critical Analysis of Work and Employment

from Part III - Meaningful and Meaningless Waged Work

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  02 November 2023

Knut Laaser
Affiliation:
University of Stirling
Jan Ch. Karlsson
Affiliation:
Karlstads Universitet, Sweden
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There are a number of theoretical problems in the growing field of ‘meaningful work’: a lack of precision in the basic concept of work, leading to dearth of comparative research. A disregard of worker agency, leading to an impression that meaningful wage labour is a gift from employers to employees. A dichotomisation into meaningful work being either a subjective or an objective phenomenon, leading to unnecessary simplification. And, finally, another dichotomisation into waged work or types of jobs being either meaningful or meaningless, leading to a lack of variation. In this concluding chapter, we suggest solutions to these problems that we have dealt with at several places in the book, before we take up the new framework for analysing meaningful and meaningless wage labour.

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Print publication year: 2023

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  • Conclusion
  • Knut Laaser, University of Stirling, Jan Ch. Karlsson, Karlstads Universitet, Sweden
  • Book: The Politics of Working Life and Meaningful Waged Work
  • Online publication: 02 November 2023
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781009089692.015
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  • Conclusion
  • Knut Laaser, University of Stirling, Jan Ch. Karlsson, Karlstads Universitet, Sweden
  • Book: The Politics of Working Life and Meaningful Waged Work
  • Online publication: 02 November 2023
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781009089692.015
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  • Conclusion
  • Knut Laaser, University of Stirling, Jan Ch. Karlsson, Karlstads Universitet, Sweden
  • Book: The Politics of Working Life and Meaningful Waged Work
  • Online publication: 02 November 2023
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781009089692.015
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