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Changing Contours of Work : Jobs and Opportunities in the New Economy

Changing Contours of Work : Jobs and Opportunities in the New Economy - 08 edition

ISBN13: 978-1412917445

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Changing Contours of Work : Jobs and Opportunities in the New Economy - 08 edition

ISBN13: 978-1412917445

Stephen Sweet and Peter Meiksins

ISBN13: 978-1412917445
ISBN10: 1412917441
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Edition/Copyright: 08
Publisher: Sage Publications, Inc.

Published: 2008
International: No
Summary

The latter part of the 20th century witnessed remarkable transformations in the workplace, including the emergence of new organizational designs, new technologies, new markets, new workers, and the globalization of production. Changing Contours of Work examines the effects that these (and other) changes have had on workers' lives on and off the job and the ability to make ends meet. Using a historical lens, this book reconsiders the notion of a new economy revealing important changes that have transpired, but also enduring practices that developed in the old economy that continue to shape the opportunity divides that exist today. By framing the development of jobs and opportunity in an international comparative perspective, Sweet and Meiksins show the roads taken, and those not taken, and the impact these choices have had on the structure opportunity in American society. Their analysis reveals various opportunity chasms, and the continued importance of class, gender, race, nationality in the shaping life chances. As workers struggle to make a living, they do so in an economy being built on risk and overwork. The recommendation offered in this book of value to consumers, activist groups, employers, and governments - offers clear guidance on the strategies of making the new economy work for all.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Mapping the Contours of WorkScenes from the New EconomyCulture and WorkStructure and WorkAgency and CareersConclusion

Chapter 2: How New is the New Economy?The Old in the NewClass Chasms in the New EconomyConclusion

Chapter 3: Gender Chasms in the New EconomyWhen Did Home Become Non-Work?Women's Participation in the Paid Labor Force in AmericaGender Inequalities in CompensationSocialization, Career Selection, and Career PathsInterpersonal Discrimination in the WorkplaceStructural Dimensions of Gender DiscriminationStrategies to Bridge the Care Gaps: International ComparisonsConclusion

Chapter 4: Race, Ethnicity, and Work: Legacies of the Past and Problems in the PresentHistories of Race, Ethnicity, and WorkThe Magnitude of Racial Inequality in the New EconomyIntergenerational Transmission of ResourcesGeographic Distribution of Race and Work OpportunityRace and DiscriminationRace, Ethnicity, and Work: Social PolicyConclusion

Chapter 5: Whose Jobs Are Secure?Risk and Work: Historical and Comparative ViewsHow Insecure are Workers in the New Economy?The Costs of Job Loss and InsecurityResponding to Insecurity: Old and New CareersConclusion

Chapter 6: A Fair Day's Work? The Intensity and Scheduling of Jobs in the New EconomyTime, Intensity, and WorkHow Long Are We Working? Comparative FrameworksWorking Long, Working HardWhy Are Americans Working So Much?Nonstandard Schedules: Jobs in a 24/7 EconomyHow Americans Deal with OverworkConclusion

Chapter 7: Reshaping the Contours of the New EconomyOpportunity ChasmsThe Agents of ChangeConclusion

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