No Long Term: A Changing Society

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The world we live in as well as our society is constantly changing. Improvements in technology, science, art and even music all lead to the changing society. Language, animals and work are also transforming to meet the demands of life today. Using history and past events we can actually reflect on how times have changed over the years. In the article No long term: New work and the corrosion of character by Richard Sennett he reveals that workers of today’s generation can no longer expect long term work. The emergence of capitalism is having a negative effect on the ability of people to find cohesion in their lives. The change from a pyramid bureaucracy to a network removes the platform that provided structure to workers of the past. Constant…show more content…
Enrico worked as a janitor and spent twenty years of his life cleaning toilets without any complaints and without any hype about living the American Dream. “His work had one single and durable purpose, the service of his family” PG 307. Enrico’s wife Flavia had gone to work as a presser in a dry cleaning plant and both parents purpose was to save money for their children’s college education. He saves money in hopes of his kids getting closer to what America has promised for those who work hard. Time was very linear in their lives and achievement was cumulative. ”Time is the only resource freely available to those at the bottom of society” PG 308. The time they lived was predictable, “the upheavals of World War II had faded, and unions protected their jobs” PG 308. Enrico knew precisely when he would retire and how much money he would have…show more content…
Enrico felt ashamed when Flavia went to work whereas Rico see Jeannette as an equal working partner. This is because in the past a woman working just wasn’t right whereas in today’s society if there is only one working spouse it is hard to survive. Rico is also an example of the new generation of workers that survive by moving from across the network as needed. In the past in Enrico’s generation being stable was more common. Rico’s work life causes unhappiness because it forces him to uproot the more meaningful connections he can make in a family and community. Without connections that foster a consistent outlook on life, Rico has trouble knowing how to pass on productive characteristics to his
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