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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At turns illuminating and repetitive, two major themes emerge: Sometimes the author told the stories of various employees from the same workplace the Ford automotive plant comes to mind who worked at unequal levels and who recalled the same events quite differently. I think it’s really valuable to get this sort of insight into what life is like for other people, especially in our increasingly self-sorting country.

What gives our lives meaning and dignity. Anthony Ruggiero, the casually dreadful, arguably reluctant industrial investigator.

What I didn’t expect: Even typing then was manual and communication was by person to person phone call or letters typed and mailed. What really gets you down dtud, you’re at some place and you’ll meet a person and strike up a conversation with ’em. Some bits that stuck with me: We live in one place, work in another place, and play in a third.

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Even the workers who have worked their trekel lives doing very repetitive work show themselves thoughtful and sometimes brilliant in their interviews.


Dec 27, Matthew rated it it was amazing. Terkel was brilliant at it, gifted with the warmth and empathy and touch to elicit truly personal responses to the subjects’ own working lives; he’ll be very much missed, and still stands as a reminder of what good journalism can be.

Money is the kind of way you keep score.

Meet Some Of The Voices From ‘Working’ Then And Now

I grew up listening to WFMT because Dad tedkel it from the time he awoke until he went to bed every day of the week. The coach who spouts “motivational” BS such as “people with problems are dead, winners solve their own problems” Terkel talked to people from every walk of life – CEOs and high paid execu A massive book, I’m so glad I was finally able to finish it. Few of the interviewees mention the potential threats that computers pose to their livelihood. Those remaining pages are direct transcriptions from the stories told to Terkel b Studs Terkel opens Working with one of the most stirring sentences I have read of late: An afterword with repercussions would have been an interesting addition.

He talks to nutty people, practical sorts, lazy people, hard workers, the whole spectrum is represented. Open Preview See a Problem? I could go on at great length about this, but Sylvia Plath says it sttud How else you gonna see yourself go up?

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Studs Terkel’s Working – new jobs, same need for meaning

Mike, Phil and Roberta are not fictional characters in a novel or film — they are real. Words of wisdom, but it’s stuck between a whole lot of descriptions of drudgery. These themes take the form of subtitles.

Americans, as a rule,don’t seem to value work.

Terkel serves as a stenographer and redactor, recording interviews and editing them into readable format. It broke my heart reading about the maintenance man 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. I will never be a switchboard operator in Refresh and try again. Sharon Griggins was 17 and working for Illinois Bell as a telephone switchboard operator when Terkel interviewed her.

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My father died recently, just short of his 94th birthday. Early signs of automation an auto assembly line worker is amazed by a robot that could make 30 welds on a passing frame are viewed either dismissively or warily.

Workint spectre of race loomed over much of the testimony, but not once in pages does anyone express fear that their work might be outsourced to Mexico, India or China.