Steinbeck’s Grapes of Wrath, an allegorical precursor to the Jobbridge years

Doc Raks Loganamnosis

 This year 2014, sees 75 years pass since The Grapes of Wrath was published. It is both striking and alarming at how viscerally this great novel still chimes with what is currently going on in the world of work. Not much has radically changed within the underlying tenets of capitalist society. In fact, the UK and Ireland seem to move closer to a 1930’s or even 2010’s America style of economic and social welfare policy as the days go by. I first read The Grapes of Wrath in 2011, amidst the backdrop of trying to complete writing my doctoral thesis, while concurrently making my first tentative steps towards looking for postdoctoral employment. Earlier that year, the Irish government announced the inception of a National Internship Scheme to be called Jobbridge. Jobbridge was contrived as an employment stimulus scheme which aimed to create, in the words of the Minister for Social…

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