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Francis, L. P., & Silvers A. (2000).  Americans with disabilities : exploring implications of the law for individuals and institutions.
"The key mediating concept here is self-respect. Suppose we agree with Rawls that self-respect is a vital primary good, something of great importance that any rational person is presumed to want. Now, given actual human psychology, self-respect is—to a considerable degree—dependent on other people's affirmation of one's own worth. And in modern advanced societies, employment, earnings, and professional success are, for better or worse, positively correlated with social assessments of an individual's value. Further, beyond the reactions of other people, work and career identifications form significant parts of some people's conceptions of themselves and their own worth; hence these identifications may contribute directly to the creation and sustenance of self-respect, and their absence will frequently have the opposite effect." (p. 179)
Frank, A. (1993).  Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl. 306. Abstract
"Daddy has been home a lot lately, as there is nothing for him to do at business; it must be rotten to feel so superfluous." (p. 12)
Morgan, G. (1986).  Images of Organization.
"In the world today, individuals and even whole communities find themselves being thrown away like empty orange peels when the organizations they serve have no further use for them. Individuals find themselves permanently unemployed even though they feel they have many good years of useful work ahead of them." (p. 279)
Eliot, R. S., Breo D. L., & Debakey M. E. (1989).  Is It Worth Dying For?.
"The most obvious stress threat is unemployment. Losing a job can feel like being hit by a truck...
Take time to mourn the loss of your job, just as you would grieve over the loss of a loved one. Feel and express your anger and sadness, and realize they may be with you for a while." (p. 209)
Kohler, H. (1992).  Kohler Economics.
"Although short-term involuntary unemployment may be viewed as a welcome vacation, prolonged unemployment wreaks havoc within the affected families. It erodes the self-worth of the affected individuals and possibly even their skills. Eventually, unemployment benefits cease, savings are used up, appliances, cars, and clothes wear out, and despair moves in. Various studies have linked rising unemployment rates with increased incidence of divorce, suicide, disease (notably cardiovascular failure and cirrhosis of the liver), crime, and more. The personal costs just cited, when sufficiently widespread, can tear apart civilized society." (p. 166)
Maurer, H. (1981).  Not Working: an Oral History of the Unemployed.
"Unemployed people have been robbed of something, and they know it. The bewilderment they often express is like that of the homeowner who returns to find rooms ransacked, valuable and beloved objects missing. The sense of violence and invasion, the feelings of fear and loss and helplessness descend with the same stunning force when a worker is deprived of work. And the loss is much greater, because work, if the longing of the unemployed is any indication, remains a fundamental human need—even in the crushing form it has increasingly assumed in the modern world. It provides not simply a livelihood, but an essential passage into the human community. It makes us less alone." (p. 1)
Daoust, T. (1990).  Staying Employed: What You Must Do Today to Ensure You Have a Job Tomorrow.
"You are never unemployed unless you accept the idea that you are. The word unemployed has become synonymous with unwanted, undesirable, or incompetent. We have dozens of words that describe allowable states of being out of work. There's sick, disabled, retired, on vacation, taking some time off, on leave, going back to school, or on sabbatical. Unemployed is one of the few words that carries connotations of failure, incompetence, or laziness. So avoid it like the plague, and emphasize some positive words." (p. 191)
Brod, C. (1984).  Techno Stress: The Human Cost of the Computer Revolution.
"Unemployment ultimately eats away at self-esteem. We normally spend much of our time discussing work, socializing with our co-workers, and thinking about our jobs. We identify with the work we do. Status is earned according to what we do, how much we earn, and whether or not we supervise others, and, if so, how many. Our sense of worth, confidence, and security disappears when we lose our jobs." (p. 57)
Bolles, R. N. (1978).  The three boxes of life: and how to get out of them : an introduction to life/work planning.
"In a study prepared by professor M. Harvey Brenner of Johns Hopkins University for the Joint Congressional Economic Committee, every rise in the unemployment rate in this country has been followed by increases in 'seven indicators of social stress': homicide, suicide, deaths from cardiovascular and kidney disease, deaths from cirrhosis of the liver, total number of deaths, admissions to mental hospitals, and the number of people sent to jail for crimes." (p. 249)
Redekop, C., & Bender U. A. (1988).  Who Am I? What Am I: Search for Meaning in Your Work.
"Work is one of the most important sources of personal meaning, and, therefore, self-acceptance. Research on the unemployed underscores this conclusion emphatically. Furthermore, the same research insists that the degree of self-depreciation felt by a person out of work can only be realized by experience." "We have been defining jobs as the work people do to earn a living. Using this definition, it is clear that jobs have not always been available to to all who need them. Unemployment and underemployment along with a general lack of adequate economic opportunity have plagued most human societies. It is within this context that the United Nations' Universal Declaration of Human Rights addresses the topic of work, maintaining that access to work is a fundamental right.
Point one of article 23 states, 'Everyone has the right to work, to free choice of employment, to just and favorable conditions of work and to protection against unemployment.'" (p. 175)

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  • Concept: unemployment
    • preferred: unemployment
    • definition: the state of being unemployed or not having a job; "unemployment is a serious social evil"; "the rate of unemployment is an indicator of the health of an economy"
    • related: job_loss
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    • keyword-34
    • antonym: career
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      • in scheme:
      • gloss: the state of being unemployed or not having a job; "unemployment is a serious social evil"; "the rate of unemployment is an indicator of the health of an economy"
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      • sense: unemployment
      • synset id: 113968308
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