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May 14 , 2009

Humanising Work

Co-operatives, credit unions and the challenge of mass unemployment


Does the search for meaning in work matter? – and is it even possible to ask such a question against a backdrop of mass youth unemployment, widespread poverty and growing inequality?

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Drawing on the experience of the Mondragon co-operatives in Spain and other innovative models of employment and enterprise from around the world - and the visions and values derived from his faith – Chris Beales explores how ‘work’ might be humanised and education and employment made not only responsive to what the Economy needs but also purposeful, satisfying and rewarding for people.

“Chris Beales is, in equal part, activist, campaigner and theologian. He is also a classic example of what Antonio Gramsci famously described as the ‘organic intellectual’: his work is important, and should be read by policymakers, practitioners and others concerned with promoting social justice.” From the Foreword by Prof Robin Simmons, Professor of Education, University of Huddersfield.

“What's so good about the book is that it engages faithfully with the world of daily life which is where most people are most of the time - and which is where church so often isn't. Good on you.” Prof John Atherton, Visiting Professor in Religion, Ethics and Economics, University of Chester.

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