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Irina Anissimova, CPA, CFF

Forensic Accountant

Random Thoughts

Random Thoughts

Work vs. family

Posted on September 30, 2015 at 6:15 PM

" Mark Granovetter says that modern institutional networks are marked by “the strength of weak ties”, by which he partly means that fleeting forms of association are more useful to people than long-term connections, and partly that strong social ties like loyalty have ceased to be compelling.


Strong ties depend, by contrast, on long association. And more personally they depend on a willingness to make commitments to others.


Detachment and superficial cooperativeness are better armor for dealing with current realities than behavior based on values of loyalty and service. It is the time dimension of the new capitalism, rather than high-tech data transmission, global stock markets, or free trade, which most directly affects people’s emotional lives outside the workplace. Transposed to the family realm, “No long term” means keep moving, don’t commit yourself, and don’t sacrifice.


The children don’t see commitment practiced in the lives of their parents or their parents’ generation.  [The emphasis on teamwork and open discussion marks an enlightened, flexible workplace] Practiced at home, teamwork is destructive, marking an absence of authority and of firm guidance in raising children. 


Behavior which earns success or even just survival at work thus gives ... little to offer in the way of a parental role model. In fact, ... the problem is just the reverse: how can [parents] protect family relations from succumbing to the short-term behavior, the meeting mind-set, and above all the weakness of loyalty and commitment which mark the modern workplace?"

From THE CORROSION OF CHARACTER: The Personal Consequences of Work in the New Capitalism/By Richard Sennett


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