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Now, Whose Fault is That?

The Struggle for Self-Esteem in the Face of Chronic Unemployment

By Cato Wadel
Categories: Labour, Anthropology/ethnography, Gender, Newfoundland And Labrador Studies
Series: Social and Economic Studies
Series Number: 11
Paperback : 9780919666054, 150 pages, January 1973


This book is about the problems faced by able-bodied men who are forced to live off public welfare, or "on the dole. " Based on the author's daily interactions with a hundred unemployed men in one Newfoundland village, this sensitive probe takes on a narrative form centered on one man and his family, and his struggle to maintain their self-esteem in the community. For, to be excused for being unemployed, a man must constantly show his desire to work.