The Psychology of the Recession on the Workplace
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The Psychology of the Recession on the Workplace

Edited by Alexander-Stamatios G. Antoniou and Cary L. Cooper

An economic recession can affect the aggregate well-being of a population. This highly regarded and timely book shows a significant increase in the mean levels of distress and dissatisfaction in the work place in recent years. In particular, increasing job demands, intrinsic job insecurity and increasingly inadequate salaries make substantial contributions to psychological distress, family conflict and related behaviors. The contributors reveal that the recession has fundamentally altered the way employees view their work and leaders. With employers and employees still facing a continued period of uncertainty, a severe impact on employment relations is a continuing reality.
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Chapter 14: The individual afront the antinomies of the contemporary world

Menelaos Givalos


The terms ‘symbols of post-modernism’ and the ‘post-modern status’ (Lyotard, 1984) emerge and compose today’s philosophical–cultural and aesthetic world-view, which aspires to found the field of its historical ‘legalization’ within the technical-productive-communicational ‘shape’ of so-called globalization. The ambiguity and the conceptual ‘resilience’ with which these concepts appear, comprise, from their own ‘perspective’, an essential element within the deconstructive idea of postmodernism. Lyotard (1984) states ‘Simplifying to the extreme, I define postmodern as incredulity toward metanarratives’. Bell (1999: 334) notes, ‘. . . if anyone could define it, it would be no postmodernism, since it would then have a recognizable point of reference.’

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