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The Importance of Work in an Age of Uncertainty: The Eroding Work Experience in America

David L. Blustein


This book provides a deeply psychological view of working in America with the intention of transforming existing assumptions and policies about work. At its best, working can provide a powerful sense of aliveness and meaning in our lives; yet, working can also be the source of psychic pain, distress, and despair. The book uses psychological and social science research in conjunction with qualitative analyses of 58 in-depth interviews with adults from across the country who were working or struggling to find work. This book explores the various ways in which working serves to sustain a sense of ... More

Keywords: human rights, precarious work, psychology of working, career development, relationships and work, social contribution, unemployment, decent work, motivation and work, marginalization and work

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780190213701
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190213701.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David L. Blustein, author
Professor of Psychology, Department of Counseling, Developmental, and Educational Psychology, Boston College