Sotsioloogiaajakirjast üks lugu, mis tegeleb vägagi kaasaegse küsimusega sellest, kuidas töölkäimine kui ainus elatise teenimise viis võib probleemiks osutuda. Autor teeb seda USA näitel. Mitmel pool on endiselt õhus romantiline arusaam, et ameeriklased (USAs) on kõik rikkad.

Although the full impact of the pandemic is not yet known, every institution of social life has been affected, including families, churches, government, schools, and workplaces. In this presidential address, I focus on how the pandemic is exposing the vulnerabilities of workers in the United States.

Ja üldisemalt:

In a society where working is the primary means for making a living, people who are unable to work for any of the above reasons are vulnerable to poverty. Their survival is imperiled due to their lack of access to work.

Pandeemia on ilmselt kiirendanud mitmeid protsesse ja tundub, et üks neist on vajadus õppimise järele (kohandumine) (seda puudutasin ka siin). Lootus organisatsioonide või ülemuste headusele võib olla keerukate tagajärgedega. Kellele peaks olema tänulik töökoha eest? Kas ikka on tegemist õnnega?

“At least I’m lucky I still have a job.” As sociologists, we know that luck has very little to do with it. I also worry that this common sentiment yields too much power to employers.

Autor on optimistlik-kriitiline-konstruktiivne:

I believe it is time to imagine a society where people are not dependent on work. The pandemic shows us that relying on employ- ment to ensure our collective well-being can have catastrophic consequences that are not equally borne throughout society. It is crucial to address the problems of access, job quality, and social inequality in the workplace, but it is not enough. A good life should not depend on having a good job.

Aga artiklis on mitmeid soovitusi …, mille lugemiseks tulebki artiklit ennast lugeda.

Williams, C. L. (2021). Life Support: The Problems of Working for a Living. American Sociological Review. https://doi.org/10.1177/0003122421997063