Dignity at Work
Human dignity, the ability to establish a sense of self-worth and selfrespect and to enjoy the respect of others, is necessary for a fully realized life. Working with dignity is a fundamental part of achieving a life well-lived, yet the workplace often poses challenging obstacles because of mismanagement or managerial abuse. Defending dignity and realizing self-respect through work are key to workers’ well-being. Insuring the dignity of employees is equally important for organizations as they attempt to make effective use of their human capital.
In popular usage the term ‘profession’ has a wide variety of connotations,
spanning from a highly skilled and specialized job to any fulltime work from
which income is derived (Freidson 1986). The boundaries of interpretation are
narrower in sociology, but sociologists have also still to reach agreement about
the meaning of the term ‘profession’ and the related question of which
occupations are to count as professions.
Once again, Leanor Johnson and Robert Staples, who combine
more than sixty years of writing and research as family sociologists,
have produced a work that greatly enhances the understanding of
the complexity and diversity in the functioning of Black families
today. This revised edition provides rare insights regarding how the
cultural values, attitudes, and aspirations of African American families
interact with structural conditions and social policies to produce
a wide range of positive and negative outcomes.