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Work has no intrinsic meaning The statement is either true or false in which case if it is true then the same activity may be work in one context and not work in another therefore work would derive its meaning from its social and economic contexts If work does not have intrinsic meaning then is has extrinsic meaning This suggests that people in the society construct the meaning or significance of work and that it may mean different things to different people and different things at different times and places It will be shown that the meaning of work is indeed extrinsic through the meanings society attaches to it as well as the meanings attached to the concept of work Starting with defining what work is and a brief look at its history it will be shown that there is no exact definition to work After discussion about the definition of work it will be established that work does not have a meaning attached to it as it is socially constructed Work is value and structure activity and ideology fact and myth Jenkins and Sherman 1980 It is a generally accepted principle that work is good for people and necessary for any society to live and use its resources efficiently Recently work has shaped such imperatives as economic programs including political platforms educational and social welfare systems and even areas such as the correctional system and individual therapy As good as work may be what exactly is work and where did it derive from If work was all that good the rich would have thought of a way of keeping it all to themselves Jenkins and Sherman 1980 In Ancient Greece anything that disfigured the body was regarded as a humiliating activity in which slaves only undertook Language and History 1980 This understanding of work once reflected as well as reinforced the position of a leader There was nothing equivalent to a work
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