The Nineteenth-Century Worker and the Millennial Gig-Economy
The nineteenth-century periodicals on this site fascinatingly illustrate not just how the world of work has changed, but also expose how attitudes about work have changed so little. The fundamental themes of the articles and literature frequently offer a direct parallel to similar discussions about work today. Although the language used may contrast with ours in terms of its focus on the household and Christian values, the language of work that underpins the moralising messages are profoundly relevant to the way we discuss work in the early twenty-first century. Many of these blog posts explore how the motivations of work continue to be circulated through three main concepts: monetary stability, ambition and achievement, and identity and status. Others offer considerations of related matters chillingly familiar to us today.