Together: The Rituals, Pleasures and Politics of Co-operation RSennett (2013), p. 226
“The employment centre will thus loom ever larger as an institution in the lives of ever more people. It will not be the only such institution. Britain is currently seeing the rise of ‘job clubs’, community-based, mutual-support groups that are especially important to people out of work for long periods in keeping their spirits up and providing word-of-mouth leads. Yet the structural problem, both for professionals and for community groups, is the increasingly difficult task of matching applicants to scant available jobs. In the middle classes, this means lowering expectations; professional job counsellors and job-club organizers alike need to become skilled in handling disappointment. These counsellors and organizers are society’s realists; politicians promising a return to full employment of the sort our parents’ generation knew are society’s fantasists.”
[op. cit., p. 226]
Harsh words, that should not make everyone desperate; only realistic. Unfortunately, many people seem to live in a sort of dream world, as if the arrow of time could be reversed and the old, and cozy, society will be back from the future. Beware, that’s the stuff of movies …
PS: sorry to be this (sort of) negative in the first post/scoop of 2014, but that’s how life (and the economy) work.
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