"Human resource"

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Abbreviation“HR”

The phrase "human resource" is used to refer to employees, real or prospective.

Origins

German (Prussian)?[citation needed] "Staff management" has been replaced by "HR management".

Usage

John Taylor Gatto was very critical of the phrase "human resources".

Gender

Ivan Illich wrote in Gender that an important step in establishing capitalism is the erasure of local ideas about the distinct activities for males and females, their homogenisation into a group term such as "human" (or "worker").

Connotations

Whereas "worker" refers unambiguously to a person, the phase "resource" creates different frames, which propitiate exploitation.



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