Hardest times: the trauma of long term unemployment

"It must be understood that work, as we have seen, holds a variety of meanings for a man, and hence constitutes a variety of roles in his definition of self. […] But the accounts of long-term unemployed men make it evident that work […] becomes the centerpiece of the social structure in which men generally define themselves. Sadly an more significantly, there are no collective patterns and no delineated rituals for mourning the loss of work as there are for mourning the death of loved ones."

Hardest times: the trauma of long term unemployment, door Thomas J. Cottle, Greenwood Publishing Group, 2001 (blz. 267).