What work means – Working at the assembly line

Working at the assembly line constitutes one example to learn students, what work means. Demonstrating the ‘typical’ features of assembly line work, I use snippets from Charlie Chaplin’s “Modern Times”, particularly the part where he plays a worker at the assembly line. Even if this may be regarded as less useful, since the movie exaggerates the working situation for ironic purposes, I experience that students, after watching the scene are able to name the aspects of what assembly line work means to workers. Amongst others they emphasise, receptiveness, monotony, alienation (well, they do not use the term but rather describe this effect with their own words), control, and stress. Therefore, I think using this little example is fairly helpful making the case for what working at the assembly line means.

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