Hard at Work

Life in Singapore Today

Gerard Sasges and Ng Shi Wen

Hard at Work

Gerard Sasges and Ng Shi Wen

Distributed for National University of Singapore Press

416 pages | 60 color plates | 5 1/2 x 7 1/2 | © 2019
Paperback $32.00 ISBN: 9789813250505 Published November 2019 For sale in North and South America and China only
For most of us, work is a basic daily fact of life. But that simple fact encompasses an incredibly wide range of experiences. Hard at Work takes readers into the day-to-day work experiences of more than fifty working people in Singapore who hold jobs that run from the ordinary to the unusual: from ice cream vendors, baristas, police officers and funeral directors to academic ghostwriters, temple flower sellers, and Thai disco girl agents.

Through first-person narratives based on detailed interviews, vividly augmented with color photographs, Hard at Work reminds us of the everyday labor that continually goes on around us, and that every job can reveal something interesting if we just look closely enough. It shows us too the ways inequalities of status and income are felt and internalized in this highly globalized society.
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