The Continuity of Work in the Press: From the Nineteenth-Century Workman to the Millennial
The nineteenth-century periodical The British Workman fascinatingly does not so much illustrate how the world of work has changed, but rather exposes how attitudes about work have changed so little. The fundamental themes of the articles and literature are frequently a direct parallel to similar discussions about work today. Although the language used may contrast in terms of focus on the household and Christian values, the language of work that underpins the moralising messages are relevant to the way we discuss work in the early twenty-first century. These next few blog-posts will explore how the motivations of work continue to be circulated through three main concepts: monetary stability, ambition and achievement, and identity and status.