What Is the Meaning of the Concept of Work from an Occupational Health Perspective?

  • Per Øystein SaksvikEmail author


To have an occupation has always been crucial for the survival of the human species. This can be defined differently depending on which era we are talking about. Before the industrial revolution, and in some societies, people thought of work with disgust and contempt (Kildal, 2005). The ancient Greeks shared this view and did not have much respect for what was then considered to be manual work. This included the preparation of what was harvested from nature and was made beneficial for humans. The function and role of work are in constant change, and this book aims to understand how work defines itself today, and what changes we may see in the future.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PsychologyNorwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)TrondheimNorway

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