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Not Working ✅ [PDF / Epub] ☉ Not Working By D.W. Gibson ⚣ – Natus-physiotherapy.co.uk In the summer and early fall of 2011 the writer DW Gibson set off on a journey across the United States His purpose to interview Americans who have lost their jobs in the ongoing economic disaster tha In the summer and early fall of the writer DW Gibson set off on a journey across the United States His purpose to interview Americans who have lost their jobs in the ongoing economic disaster that has destroyed the livelihood of millions The result a book that takes the pulse of the victims of today’s financial crisis and delivers a prognosis combining an extraordinary mix of pathos anger solidarity and humorTogether with two companions a filmmaker and a playwright Gibson travelled from the collapsing new economy white box factories of California to the rusting and derelict industrial plants of the Northeast Along the way he talked to the recently unemployed of all stripes – a college graduate fired from her first job after just a week at work an HR executive dismissed after herself laying off hundreds of her colleagues a cleaner fired in a cafeteria during her lunch break and a real estate executive whose first inkling that something was amiss occurred when he arrived at his office to find it abandonedEach of these stories is different and the detail of how people experience the trauma of being “let go” provides a fascinating core to Not Working But beyond the specifics important general themes emerge the range of the recession which despite the particular vulnerabilities of people of color and the less educated is impacting communities right across the country; the sense of isolation and purposeless that accompanies losing one’s job and the widespread feeling that the victims are somehow responsible for their fate; and the inventiveness generosity and good humor of many of those trying to rebuild lives shattered by lost income and self respectInspired by the great oral historian Studs Terkel whose Working dominates the canon of American social history Not Working is a book of burning importance for America today a critical intervention in an election year when stubbornly immovable % unemployment is certain to be the central issue In these pages we see unemployment not as a statistic but as a real tragedy in the lives of many Americans whose compelling stories demand to be heardNot Working the book will be accompanied by a documentary film of the same name.


10 thoughts on “Not Working

  1. Lorianne DiSabato Lorianne DiSabato says:

    The premise behind this book is simple travel across America talk to unemployed folks from all walks of life and let them describe in their own words the day they lost their jobs What emerges from these stories is both heartbreaking and oddly reassuring a reminder to all who have been downsized that you are not alone Many themes emerge from these stories in a struggling economy seniority and job loyalty matter little age discrimination exists and we no longer live in a world where you can expect to work for and retire from a single company for your entire professional career Several of the people Gibson interviews had been laid off not just one but several times One of the most remarkable aspects of Gibson's book is the surprising lack of self pity Although his interview subjects are brutally honest in describing the emotions that unemployment evokes none of them linger on the uestion of Why me? Instead a strong sense of human dignity emerges as individuals strive to make sense of disappointment and a surprising number of those interviewed describe the compassion they felt for the HR personnel and middle managers who delivered the bad news The economy might be struggling but human decency lives on


  2. Rachel Bayles Rachel Bayles says:

    It was a labour of love to do the legwork reuired for all these interviews Good reading for anyone still under the delusion that people out of work just aren't trying hard enough to find a job This book is pretty hard to get though because it supports the idea that there really are many many people in this country preying on the weak Not a pretty picture of America


  3. Anthony Anthony says:

    Following in the spirit of Studs Terkel's Working this book attempts to uncover the fallout of the Great Recession through personal interviews with people around the country who have in the past several years lost their jobs Many of the interviewees are incredibly honest sharing the despair depression and challenges they faced in coping with loss and starting new foundations Gibson sought to offer us a cross section of America by profiling people from a range of professions academics to laborers to executive assistants and draftsmen but the formula of simply letting interviewees speak their mindshearts without direction became tired by page 300 Greater editorial discretion would've benefited the book given the redundancy of coping mechanismsnarrativesresponses issued by people There's no silver lining in this book people took significant pay cuts exhausted unemployment benefits experienced separations and self medicated in a variety of ways and I don't believe there needs to be one This is a naked chronicle of unemployment and shouldn't have a feel good takeaway unless the unemployed are finding greater happiness in something else eg lost my job now pursuing my love of X which I had earlier ignored However despite Gibson's incredible access to people with immediate experience of unemployment I feel he neglected the opportunity to pull together a coherent story of the effects of job loss I'm not looking for an RCT to test whether unemployment benefits smooth consumption but rather answer some broader uestions what had interviewees done to prepare themselves for the possibility of job loss? How has unemployment changed their view of formal banking? Are changes in living arrangements moving in with parents permanent? How has unemployment shaped their friendships and their ability to trustrely on loved ones? Developing some stylized facts about these sub issues would've been a welcomed contribution beyond the straight narration of circumstances and responses In all a recommended read you could put down after 250 pages and possibly come away with a sharper understanding of the human toll of recessions especially if you and your loved ones were relatively unaffected


  4. Alicia Fox Alicia Fox says:

    This was a very depressing read Each chapter has a brief description of the interviewee followed by the interviewee's monologue about job loss I'd recommend it to anyone who's working including those just starting outIt would have gotten four stars if not for the grammatical errors It seemed like the authors recorded people then used a software program to type out what each person said correcting only glaring mistakes in the written text This time I can't blame the errors on typical digital crap publishing; I read a paper copy


  5. Jessica Keltz Jessica Keltz says:

    There were a lot of interesting stories in this book but ultimately for me the 100% in their own words format took away from its effectiveness There were a couple of times people said things I knew not to be true things about government policy and so forth and they were just repeated verbatim Fact checking was outside the scope of the project I understand but that makes these accounts no reliable than what your neighbor would tell you in a bar


  6. Adriana Adriana says:

    Reads super uickly really almost like an absorbing newspaper article Basically a great read thus far My heart goes out to everyone in the book They are courageous to speak about what seems to be on everyone's minds these days concerning work self worth providing and in these cases not working Bravo sir and company who traveled and documented these important stories


  7. Linda Linda says:

    A great read for anybody who has ever lost their job as well as being very insightful into how the US economy is impacting the lives of everyday unemployed Americans Gibson travels across the country interviewing all levels of the formerly employed asking how when and and what they are currently doing to get by A must read to be sure


  8. Pam Sexton Pam Sexton says:

    I can barely put this book down The stories that are shared from across the country cover blue and white collar workers menwomen youngold diverse locales and workplaces I'm loving it because I am living it


  9. Marisa Marisa says:

    Gibson provides an excellent nuanced compassionate and complete portrait of people's experiences being laid off I gained a much thorough understanding of what's going on in the US based on this collection of stories


  10. Karalea Karalea says:

    Got this book as research for a grad school paper Found myself reading it instead of using it for research The people in this book are your neighbors your family friends possibly you The stories are open and truthful Unemployment knows no demographic This book serves as a reminder to that


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