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Why Work? - 1990


This project asks the question "why work?" and aims to re-examine the role of work in our society. It explores the meaning, uses, development and future of work.

"Why work?" is a critique that forges a perspective which cuts through the smoke screen of various specialist concerns around work.

The role of work is re-examined to bring out the fundamental issues, often obscured and diffused by separated, isolated ideas of leisure, efficiency, careers, jobs creation, employment and unemployment.

Work is a science, a religion, a culture and a way of life. As a society only five per cent of work is productive or socially useful. And with leisure being so important, why are we working harder than ever?

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Producer: Mark Saunders, Chris Saunders, Siobhan Cleary
Original Format: colour, u-matic, 12 mins
Language versions: english

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