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James Rowlinson

Royal Geographical Society (with IBG): the heart of geography. ‘Hard working people’ doesn’t work for me. There are few expressions that annoy me more than ‘hard working people’ – and few that we hear more in the current political climate.

There are so many things wrong with it that it’s hard to know where to start… What is ‘work’? That the first question for me. What is ‘work’? What does it mean to work ‘hard’? What is ‘hard’? And then what do we mean by ‘hard’? Almost all of those ideas have deep flaws. What about people who don’t work? The thing that annoys me the most is the implication that people who don’t ‘work’ are somehow less ‘valuable’ or less ‘virtuous’ than those who do ‘work’ – and hence less ‘deserving’ than those who do. Hard working families…. Worst of all, for me, is the idea of ‘hardworking families’. It’s all linked together. Life should be about much more than that. Like this: Like Loading...


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