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The Corrosion Of Character

March 26, 2016 | Author: | Posted in english, literature and language

The Corrosion of Character

As the 1990s have progressed , increasing attention has been given to the unprecedented changes that have transformed the nation ‘s social landscape over the past three decades and that hold profound implications for twenty-first-century America : the decline in high-paying manufacturing jobs , the emergence of a service economy women ‘s taking advantage of higher education opportunities , the rapid entry and continuous full-time participation of married women with children in the labor force , corporate downsizing ‘ escalating divorce rates , changing perspectives on the welfare system , and the squeeze ‘ for [banner_entry_middle]

middle-aged women between child care and eldercare . In this context , the long-standing assumption that work (economy ) and family are distinct spheres has been challenged , as these competing forces disrupt and question the legitimacy of what was perceived to be the normal ‘ or usual ‘ ways of doing things . The demands placed on all levels of workers in capitalist , economic organization are making it more and more difficult for both managers and workers to survive , let alone to have full lives and thrive . This work makes reference to Richard Sennett ‘s (1999 ) argument in The Corrosion of Character : The Personal Consequences of Work in the New Capitalism about the ways in which many of today ‘s middle class are sensing a loss of control over their lives . The claim is complex because of the inter-connectedness of work and family , which has – it would appear – been transformed in a single generation . So the very values that continue to drive many of today ‘s middle class in their work lives – insecurity , flexibility – prove also to be the greatest worry in their family lives

In his book The Corrosion of Character (1999 , Richard Sennett ‘s argues that we are not simply witnessing an `onward and upward ‘ phenomenon of renewed gentrification . He suggests that the globalization that is driving the economy is having a dramatic and potentially malign influence on many of those who might be generally seen as its beneficiaries . Many of these people , the international service class operate in a world that is without boundaries , where traditional rulebooks have been torn up , where space and time have become compressed and distorted . Even if this group is in a minority , it influences the lives of many more whose lives remain more bounded by constraints of time and space . At the same time as they are `transrupting ‘ traditional boundaries at work , they are often desperate to lay down some parameters in their personal lives . We borrow here from Richard Sennett ‘s book , in which he considers the human consequences of the move to flexibility downsizing and reengineering not in relation to its `normal suspects (those dispossessed by these changes ) but those whose almost missionary zeal is driving them . Sennett suggests that many of the most devoted functionaries of the new economy develop some uneasiness about the consequent loss of structure and stability in their personal lives – especially in families where there are children and more than one breadwinner . Lack of security distinguishes this new economy from… [banner_entry_footer]

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