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Vocation across the AcademyA New Vocabulary for Higher Education$
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David S. Cunningham

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780190607104

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190607104.001.0001

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Laboring in the Garden

Laboring in the Garden

Vocation and the Realities of Work

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Vocation across the Academy

Christine M. Fletcher

Oxford University Press

The concept of work has evolved in significant ways over time; it is a highly nuanced term with many shades of meaning, but we often take it for granted. Vocational reflection allows us to develop a broader concept of work in the contemporary context—one that does not limit it to paid employment, and one that recognizes its relationship to the common good. Clearly, our understanding of work is heavily influenced by the role of technology, which affects not only the way that we think about our future, but also how we understand the role of work within the larger framework of our lives. The language of vocation and calling encourages us to develop a broader and more nuanced understanding of work, to understand its relationship to creativity and to leisure, and to reflect on its ultimate purpose and goals.

Keywords:   vocation, calling, work, leisure, technology, creativity, labor, toil, employment, unpaid work

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