Changing Contours of Work Jobs and Opportunities in the New Economy

ISBN-10: 1412990866

ISBN-13: 9781412990868

Edition: 2nd 2013

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Description: In the highly-anticipated second edition of Changing Contours of Work: Jobs and Opportunities in the New Economy, authors Sweet and Meiskins once again provide a rich analysis of the American workplace in the larger context of an integrated global economy. Through engaging vignettes and rich data, this text frames the development of jobs and employment opportunities in an international comparative perspective, revealing the historical transformations of work and identifying the profound effects that these changes have had on lives, jobs, and life chances. This text brings into focus the many complexities of class, race, and gender inequalities in the modern-day workplace, as well as details the consequences of job insecurity and work schedules mismatched to family needs. Throughout, strategic recommendations are offered that could help make the new economy work for us all.

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Book details

List price: $45.00
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: SAGE Publications, Incorporated
Publication date: 4/12/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 304
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

List of Exhibits
About the Authors
Preface
Acknowledgments
Mapping the Contours of Work
Scenes From the New Economy
Culture and Work
Structure and Work
Class Structures
Job Markets and Job Demands
Demography and the New Labor Force
Agency and Careers
Conclusion
New Products, New Ways of Working, and the New Economy
A Postindustrial Society?
The End of Mass Production?
New Skills?
Interactive Service Work
High-Tech Work
New Cultures of Control?
The End of Organized Labor?
A New Global Economy?
Conclusion
Economic Inequality, Social Mobility, and the New Economy
Are Economic Divides Narrowing or Widening in the United States?
Are Career Pathways Opening or Closing?
Missing Rungs in the Ladder
Entry Points: Securing the Good Job in Young Adulthood
Is the Global Economy Becoming More Flat or Bumpy?
Conclusion
Whose Jobs Are Secure?
Risk and Work: Historical and Comparative Views
How Insecure Are Workers in the New Economy?
The Costs of Job Loss and Insecurity
Responding to Insecurity: Old and New Careers
Conclusion
A Fair Day's Work? The Intensity and Scheduling of Jobs in the New Economy
Time, Intensity, and Work
How Long Are We Working? Comparative Frameworks
Working Long, Working Hard
Why Are Americans Working So Much?
Nonstandard Schedules: Jobs in a 24/7 Economy
How Americans Deal With Overwork
Conclusion
Gender Chasms in the New Economy
When Did Home Work Become Nonwork?
Women's Participation in the Paid Labor Force in America
Gender Inequalities in Compensation
Socialization, Career Selection, and Career Paths
Interpersonal Discrimination in the Workplace
Structural Dimensions of Gender Discrimination
The Devaluation of Women's Work
How Job Designs Discriminate
Strategies to Bridge the Care Gaps: International Comparisons
Conclusion
Race, Ethnicity, and Work: Legacies of the Past, Problems in the Present
Histories of Race, Ethnicity, and Work
African American Exceptionality
The Immigrant Experience
The Magnitude of Racial Inequality in the New Economy
Intergenerational Transmission of Resources
Race, Ethnicity, and Economic Capital
Race, Ethnicity, and Human Capital
Race, Ethnicity, and Social Capital
Race, Ethnicity, and Cultural Capital
Geographic Distribution of Race and Work Opportunity
Racial Prejudice and Discrimination
Racialized Jobs
Race, Ethnicity, and Work; Social Policy
Affirmative Action
Immigration Policy
Conclusion
Reshaping the Contours of the New Economy
Opportunity Chasms
Class Chasms
Gender Chasms
Racial and Ethnic Chasms
International Chasms
The Agents of Change
The Role of Individuals
The Role of Activist Groups
The Role of Organized Labour
The Role of Employers
The Role of Government
The Role of International Organizations
Conclusion
Appendix: Legislative and Regulatory Timeline of Worker Rights and Protections in the United States
References
Index
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