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Dignity in the Workplace Can Work Be Dealienated?

Judith Buber Agassi
Journal of Business Ethics
Vol. 5, No. 4 (Aug., 1986), pp. 271-284
Published by: Springer
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/25071589
Page Count: 14
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Abstract

Many jobs today are alienating: they damage the working person in psychological, mental, intellectual or psychosomatic ways; the psychosomatic damage may be permanent. This ill is due to a disregard for the basic psychological needs not gratified in a large number of workroles. It can be remedied without revolutionizing either the political or the economic-legal systems of pluralist democratic societies. Rather, we should revolutionize the image of the rank-and-file working person and attempt radical experiments in implementing new and democratic structures in the workplace. The feasibility of all this is demonstrated by many successful and viable reforms. These are systematically overlooked by backward-looking social scientists (Taylorist traditionalists, neo-Marxists and technological determinists).

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