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NONTHEMATIC / Vol. 56, No. 3 (Fall 1989)

October 1, 1989

Arien Mack, Editor

 

Table of Contents

 

Nancy Folbre and Marjorie Abel

Women's Work and Women's Households: Gender Bias in the US Census

Examines how attitudes devaluing the status of women have been reflected in the US Census since the 19th century, reviewing the evolution before 1940 of the concept of "gainful occupations," which devalues nonwage labor, and the more recent inclusion of a question involving the "head of household."

 

Cynthia Fuchs Epstein

Workplace Boundaries: Conceptions and Creations

Social analysts have long been concerned with the changing workplace and its consequences for society and for individual workers. Today as well, under conditions of global technological and organizational transformation, work and its contents and discontents pose new questions for research and social policy.

 

Deborah A. Stone

At Risk in the Welfare State

The American welfare state has always been at least as much focused on preventing poverty as on relieving it. In this paper, I want to explore the dilemmas of one kind of prevention-the well-intentioned, morally laudable, and often successful effort to prevent disease and disability. These are two conditions that often lead to poverty and, in any event, that the state recognizes as grounds for legitimate claims on social aid.

 

Strachan Donnelly

Hans Jonas, the Philosophy of Nature, and the Ethics of Responsibility

Boris Pasternak in "Translating Shakespeare" speaks of Hamlet as one whom chance has allocated "the role of judge of his own times and servant of the future," the high destiny of "a life devoted ... To a heroic task." Hans Jonas is filling such a role for our times.

 

Jeffrey C. Goldfarb

The Decline and Fall of American Culture?

Reviews three books that explore the demise of American culture: Russell Jacoby's The Last Intellectuals: American Culture in the Age of Academe (1987), E. D. Hirsch's Cultural Literacy: What Every American Needs to Know (1987), and Allan Bloom's The Closing of the American Mind: How Higher Education Has Failed Democracy and Impoverished the Souls of Today's Students (1987).

 

Fred Dallmayr

On Bernhard Waldenfels

Discussions of contemporary Western culture sometimes carry the flavor of a postscript or epitaph. Adopting the dispassionate stance of the ethnologist or archaeologist, observers occasionally survey Western traditions like the remnants of the forum Romanum. To some extent, the archaeological posture is reflected in the adopted terminology-- especially in the flurry of hyphenated or composite terms, from poststructuralism and postmetaphysics to postindustrial society and postmodernism.

 

Kai Nielsen

Marxism and Arguing for Justice

Arguing for justice is arguing for principles and practices which are to be justified on the basis of disinterested or impartial considerations. This, of course, is not all it is, but still in arguing for anything that could conceivably count as justice it is irreducibly at least that.

 

Peter Emberley

Places and Stories: The Challenge of Technology

What we have taken ourselves to be for many centuries and how we have invested this self-interpretation in our legal, political, and moral practices is today being challenged. There have, obviously, always been challenges to the way of life, understandings, and practices promoted by liberal democracy.

 

 

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