Prof Hugh Cunningham explores the place that work has played in British lives, from proto-industrialism in the 18th century to post-industrialism in the 21st century.


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He focuses on the transition from the so-called 'leisure preference' of the 18th century, when many people worked only long enough to provide themselves with their basic needs and otherwise opted for leisure, to the long hours we associate with everyday life during the Industrial Revolution.
We talk now of a 'work/life balance', as though 'work' is something quite separate from 'life' and the meaning of both is self-evident.
How have we arrived at such a way of thinking? It's hard to find answers because, while there is endless newspaper coverage of the issue, no history of the work/life balance exists.
Especially for The Essay, Professor Hugh Cunningham explores the place that work has played in British lives from proto-industrialism in the C18th to post-industrialism in the C21st through five vivid chronological snapshots.
Each tells the story of a particular period while shedding new light on a contemporary juggling act that causes great stress to many if not most people in our society
Throughout the series Hugh Cunningham returns to two themes: the impact of contemporary consumerism on our working lives and the difference between the work/leisure balance of the past - when the work-force was mainly male- and the so-called work/life balance of today - with women most taking the strain.
In Episode One, Hugh Cunningham looks at the transition from the so-called leisure preference" of the 18th century, when many people worked only long enough to provide themselves with their basic needs and otherwise opted for leisure, to the the long hours we associate with everyday life during the Industrial Revolution.
Producer: Beaty Rubens
(Rpt).
Exploring the transition in work from the 'leisurely' hours of the 18th century."
022009032420100223He focuses on the battle - long fought, but ultimately won - for leisure during the Industrial Revolution.
We talk now of a 'work/life balance', as though 'work' is something quite separate from 'life' and the meaning of both is self-evident.
How have we arrived at such a way of thinking? It's hard to find answers because, while there is endless newspaper coverage of the issue, no history of the work/life balance exists.
Especially for The Essay, Professor Hugh Cunningham explores the place that work has played in British lives from proto-industrialism in the C18th to post-industrialism in the C21st through five vivid chronological snapshots.
Each tells the story of a particular period while shedding new light on a contemporary juggling act that causes great stress to many if not most people in our society
Throughout the series Hugh Cunningham returns to two themes: the impact of contemporary consumerism on our working lives and the difference between the work/leisure balance of the past - when the work-force was mainly male- and the so-called work/life balance of today - with women most taking the strain.
In Episode Two, Hugh Cunningham looks at the battle - long fought but ultimately won - for leisure during the industrial revolution.
Producer: Beaty Rubens
(Rpt).
Hugh Cunningham explores the battle for leisure during the Industrial Revolution.
032009032520100224He tells the story of how the burgeoning 'leisure class' spent their time in Victorian Britain, while the middle-class so-called 'brain workers' began to experience a level of stress in their lives with which many of us can identify today.
Hugh Cunningham looks at the Victorian 'leisure classes' and middle-class 'brain workers'.
We talk now of a 'work/life balance', as though 'work' is something quite separate from 'life' and the meaning of both is self-evident.
How have we arrived at such a way of thinking? It's hard to find answers because, while there is endless newspaper coverage of the issue, no history of the work/life balance exists.
Especially for The Essay, Professor Hugh Cunningham explores the place that work has played in British lives from proto-industrialism in the C18th to post-industrialism in the C21st through five vivid chronological snapshots.
Each tells the story of a particular period while shedding new light on a contemporary juggling act that causes great stress to many if not most people in our society
Throughout the series Hugh Cunningham returns to two themes: the impact of contemporary consumerism on our working lives and the difference between the work/leisure balance of the past - when the work-force was mainly male - and the so-called work/life balance of today - with women most taking the strain.
In Episode Three, Hugh Cunningham tells the story of how the burgeoning Leisure Class spent their time in Victorian Britain, while the Middle Class so-called brain workers" began to experience a level of stress in their lives with which many of us can identify today
Producer: Beaty Rubens
(Rpt)."
042009032620100225He tells the story of great Victorians such as William Morris and Karl Marx who fought to improve the quality of the working lives of all Britons.
Hugh Cunningham tells the story of great Victorians such as William Morris and Karl Marx.
We talk now of a 'work/life balance', as though 'work' is something quite separate from 'life' and the meaning of both is self-evident.
How have we arrived at such a way of thinking? It's hard to find answers because, while there is endless newspaper coverage of the issue, no history of the work/life balance exists.
Especially for The Essay, Professor Hugh Cunningham explores the place that work has played in British lives from proto-industrialism in the C18th to post-industrialism in the C21st through five vivid chronological snapshots.
Each tells the story of a particular period while shedding new light on a contemporary juggling act that causes great stress to many if not most people in our society
Throughout the series Hugh Cunningham returns to two themes: the impact of contemporary consumerism on our working lives and the difference between the work/leisure balance of the past - when the work-force was mainly male- and the so-called work/life balance of today - with women most taking the strain.
Those of us who take real pleasure and pride in our work are the lucy ones.
In Episode Four Hugh Cunningham tells the story of great Victorians such as William Morris and Karl Marx who fought to improve the quality of the working lives of all Britons.
Producer: Beaty Rubens
(Rpt).
 
05 LAST2009032720100226We talk now of a 'work/life balance', as though 'work' is something quite separate from 'life' and the meaning of both is self-evident.
How have we arrived at such a way of thinking? It's hard to find answers because, while there is endless newspaper coverage of the issue, no history of the work/life balance exists.
Especially for The Essay, Professor Hugh Cunningham explores the place that work has played in British lives from proto-industrialism in the C18th to post-industrialism in the C21st through five vivid chronological snapshots.
Each tells the story of a particular period while shedding new light on a contemporary juggling act that causes great stress to many, if not most, people in our society.
Throughout the series Hugh Cunningham returns to two themes: the impact of contemporary consumerism on our working lives and the difference between the work/leisure balance of the past - when the work-force was mainly male- and the so-called work/life balance of today - with women most taking the strain.
In Episode five, Hugh Cunningham argues that men have largely won their historic battle for a balance between work and leisure but that the oddly-named balance between work and life has still to be won by most women.
Producer: Beaty Rubens
(Rpt).
While male workers have mostly achieved a work/leisure balance, women still struggle.
He argues that while men have largely won their historic battle for a balance between work and leisure, most women are struggling more than ever.
While male workers have mostly achieved a work/leisure balance, women are still struggling

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