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The Laziness Myth: Narratives of Work and the Good Life in South Africa

Christine Jeske


When people cannot find good work, can they still find good lives? By investigating this question in the context of South Africa, where only 43 percent of adults are employed, this book invites readers to examine their own assumptions about how work and the good life do or do not coincide. The book challenges the widespread premise that hard-work determines success by tracing the titular “laziness myth,” a persistent narrative that disguises the systems and structures that produce inequalities while blaming unemployment and other social ills on the so-called laziness of particular class, racia ... More

Keywords: South Africa, good life, hard work, laziness, unemployment, inequality, social ills, ethnicity, race

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9781501752506
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: May 2021 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501752506.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Christine Jeske, author
Wheaton College