Professor John Budd to sign copies of his book at CHRLS reception on Oct. 20.

What is work? Is it simply a burden to be tolerated or something more meaningful to one's sense of identity and self-worth? And why does it matter?

In The Thought of Work, Professor John W. Budd, the Industrial Relations Land Grant Chair and Director of the Center for Human Resources and Labor Studies, presents 10 historical and contemporary views of work from across the social sciences and humanities.

By uncovering the diverse ways in which we conceptualize work-such as a way to serve or care for others, a source of freedom, a source of income, a method of psychological fulfillment, or a social relation shaped by class, gender, race, and power; Budd reveals the wide-ranging nature of work and establishes its fundamental importance for the human experience.

Published by Cornell University Press, The Thought of Work enables its readers to better understand work, to value it, and to structure it in desirable ways that reflect its profound importance.

Budd will be signing copies of The Thought of Work at a reception in the Georgianna E. Herman Library (CSOM Room 3-306) on Thursday, October 20 from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. Copies of the books will be available for sale at the event.