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ERIC Number: ED021954
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967-Jan
Pages: 43
Abstractor: N/A
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The Changing Cultural Patterns of Work and Leisure.
Mead, Margaret
There exists today a series of discrepant ideas about the problem of work and leisure. Society in general feels that the wrong people will have the new leisure, that the professional persons of the country are going to work hard while those on the technical level will be less and less committed to their jobs. The new leisure will go to the imperfectly educated, unmotivated part of the community which will "misuse" it. The idea that each individual buys his way to food, shelter, education, and safety by holding a job was characteristic of the industrial revolution. The idea is no longer appropriate. A future problem will be how to devise a system in which every individual has dignity and purpose in society, and the society has a rationale for distributing the results of its high productivity. A way must be devised to simultaneously talk about full employment for the present and plan for a different kind of society in the future. The dichotomy between work and leisure must be eliminated. There is needed a new concept of participation in society, participation meaning something like citizenship. A question-answer interchange between speaker and audience is included. (SL)
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Authoring Institution: Manpower Administration (DOL), Washington, DC.
Note: Paper delivered at the Seminar on Manpower Policy and Program (Washington, D. C., February 16, 1966).