In 1971, Studs Terkel published a collection of interviews with Americans who worked in every corner of the economy. His goal was to create a comprehensive picture of what it meant to work in America. It was called, simply, Working.
In this class, we use this book as a starting point for discussing what work has meant in the United States in the post-WWII era.
During our “Working” unit, we use excerpts from the following texts:
- Ken Robinson, “How Schools Kill Creativity”
- Mike Rowe, “Learning from Dirty Jobs”
- Dirty Jobs (Discovery Channel series)
- Arthur Miller, Death of a Salesman
- Office Space
- Fight Club
- The Office (American TV series)
- Douglas Coupland, Generation X
- Ron Alsop, The Trophy Kids Grow Up
- Homer Hickham, October Sky (excerpt)