no way to make a liv­ing is a soci­o­log­i­cal space about work, gen­er­at­ing dis­cus­sion and exchange on what work, paid or unpaid, is like in today’s world.

We present brief thoughts on the small mat­ters of every­day work­ing lives, and we show­case excit­ing research projects on work. There’s a place for sto­ries about work — (auto)biographical or fic­tional, and we have an always-increasing num­ber of use­ful links to other resources.

We started this because of lim­i­ta­tions in the forms of knowl­edge we can con­vey in books and jour­nal arti­cles; in other words, the con­tem­po­rary com­plex­ity of work exceeds the dom­i­nant forms of soci­o­log­i­cal rep­re­sen­ta­tion avail­able to us. The web­site allows us to post images and sounds, and dif­fer­ent kinds of text, from the ana­lyt­i­cal to the fic­tional. It per­mits quick­fire exchanges of ideas about cur­rent events and works in progress.

And it’s not just for aca­d­e­mics. We get lots of soci­o­log­i­cal inspi­ra­tion from the work of artists and pho­tog­ra­phers, jour­nal­ists and com­men­ta­tors, from films, songs and TV pro­grammes, as well as peo­ple going about their every­day rou­tines. So this is a site that is open to every­one, what­ever way you mak­ing a living.

Lynne Pet­tinger Dawn Lyon
Uni­ver­sity of Essex Uni­ver­sity of Kent
photography by Hersh Mann

pho­tog­ra­phy by Hersh Mann