Work, Community, and Action
LAS 380 - Work, Community, and Action3 hours This seminar will examine the ways workers build distinctive workplace cultures on the job and how work communities relate to wider communities. Out of common experience workers search for shared meaning and avenues for expression and action and the right to leisure and autonomy in their lives. From colonial slaves to modern-day air traffic controllers, American workers have found ways to control the place of work in their lives, challenge or adapt technology in ways that support their aims and shape leisure to both build up and escape their work lives. Through history, ethnography, fiction and film we will discover how workers shape work, technology and leisure both on the job and away from it.