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Life in a Business-Oriented Society A Sociological Perspective

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ISBN-10: 0205159753

ISBN-13: 9780205159758

Edition: 1st 1998

Authors: Richard J. Caston

List price: $131.60
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Life in a Business-Oriented Society: A Sociological Perspective is the first sociology text to analyze business-society relations. The book ties together the numerous sociological concepts such as socialization, power relations, deviance, and social institutions through an examination of how businesses influence all aspects of society. Every chapter emphasizes four central themes of business-society relations: an historical perspective, reader experiences, morality, and practical recommendations. The text highlights social responsibilities of businesses concerning issues such as employee rights, and consumer and environmental protection. Divided into three parts, the text outlines the…    
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Book details

List price: $131.60
Edition: 1st
Copyright year: 1998
Publisher: Allyn & Bacon, Incorporated
Publication date: 9/2/1997
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 344
Size: 7.25" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.496
Language: English

Preface
A Framework For Conceptualizing Businesses, Their Social Environments, And Their Social Responsibilities
Businesses As Social Phenomena
Why Read This Book?
Sociology and Social Reality
A Definition of Business
The Social Environment of Businesses
The Social Environment of Businesses
Three Models of the Social Environment of Businesses
An Exercise in Sociological Imagination: The Cult of the Business-Oriented Society
Do Businesses Have Social Responsibilities?
The Nature of Social Responsibility
Should Businesses Have Social Responsibilities?
Restrictions on the Social Responsibilities of Businesses
Brief History of the Social Mechanisms Fostering the Social Responsibility of Business
Businesses And Their Social Environments In Historical Perspective
Life in Prebusiness-Oriented Societies
Businesses in Prebusiness-Oriented Societies
Are Businesses Evil?
A Moral Review of Prebusiness-Oriented Societies
The Rise of Business-Oriented Societies
The Merchant, Mercantile and Colonial Economic Era
The Social Forces of Industrialization
The Spirit of the Entrepreneur
Individualism and Personal Freedom
Markets
Is Life Better in a Business-Oriented Industrial Society?
The United States in the Twentieth Century
Characteristics of the U.S
Business Sector Today in the United States
The End of Laissez-Faire
The Rise of the Government-Aided Economy
The Planned and Unplanned Industrial Economies
Inequality and Public Welfare in U.S
Society
The Social Environment Of Contemporary Businesses: Selected Topics In Business Social Responsibilities
Government and Businesses
Ideological Confession
Governmental Regulation of Businesses
Business Political Action Committees
Conclusion
Improving the Moral Performance of Businesses
A Sociological Account for Corruption in Businesses
Improving the Moral Performance of Businesses
How to Know What Is Right?
Employee Rights and Welfare
Are Wage-Laborers Prostitutes?
Employees as Micro-Businesses
Ideology and the Rights to Return on Our Labor
Contemporary Employee Rights and Welfare
The Rise and Fall of Unions
Health and Safety in the Workplace
Humanizing the Workplace
Employee Equal Employment Opportunities
Is the United States a Meritocratic Land of Opportunity?
The Dynamics of Racism and Sexism
Affirmative Action in Businesses
Conclusion
Consumers
Consumer as Lifestyle and Identity: "Here a Consumer, There a Consumer, Everywhere a...
"Consumer Problems
Consumer Response
Conclusion
Businesses and Our Environment
Pollution and Environment Destruction
Resource Depletion
What Can Business, Government, and Science Do?
Businesses in International Perspective
International Exploitation and Business-Oriented Society
The Multinational Corporation
Problems Posed by Multinational Corporations
Trade Protectionism
The Politics of Free Trade, GATT, and NAFTA
Transforming the World's Cultures to Suit Business-Oriented Needs
The Future of Business-Oriented Societies
Life in a Business-Oriented Society and the Social Responsibilities of Businesses
The Future of Business-Oriented Societies
Assorted Issues in Our Business-Oriented Society
An Upbeat Ending
Notes
Index