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Just a Job?Communication, Ethics, and Professional Life$
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George Cheney, Dan Lair, Dean Ritz, and Brenden Kendall

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195182774

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195182774.001.0001

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Working for a Good Life

Working for a Good Life

(p.95) 3 Working for a Good Life
Just a Job?

George Cheney (Contributor Webpage)

Daniel J. Lair

Dean Ritz

Brenden E. Kendall

Oxford University Press

This chapter addresses work as an important domain of ethical talk, arguing that work and the talk about it are unavoidably ethical in nature. The chapter considers the multiple ways work is meaningful for people and the various roles it plays in their lives, examining historical and cross‐cultural variations. Especially important in this regard are the ways “work” and “life” are commonly separated‐‐but sometimes brought together‐‐in contemporary (post)industrial society. How work is bounded and framed in everyday thought and talk has enormous implications for the ethical possibilities that will be seen by any person or in any job. The chapter explains various ethical frames that apply to work, and their practical implications for making ethics more visible in everyday (work) life.

Keywords:   Communication, Ethics, Karl Marx, Life, Meaning, Time, Work, Work life, Work history

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