Business and Society: A Reader in the History, Sociology, and Ethics of Business

Paperback | January 1, 1996

EditorBarry Castro

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Combining perspectives on the interplay of two areas of primary importance to our lives--business and society--this anthology brings together a wide range of readings on the subject. Topics include the historical evolution of the business enterprise, the emergence and development of the laborforce, and the impact of the international marketplace. Castro concentrates on the moral and social aspects of business, the way it affects national economy, the environment, careers, the disadvantaged, government, and public opinion. Combining the idea that a good business education must also be agood liberal education, Castro is careful to show the connections between the way Americans have done and thought about business in the past, with the way Americans think and do business today. Considering the abundance of socioeconomic issues in everyday life, he shows that business ethics hasalways been an integral part of business, and that this continues to be true. He shows that the historical, social, and ethical dimensions of business are an inseparable and necessary component of business education. Chosen for their student interest and accessibility, the readings can be used fora variety of different courses covering business and society.

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Combining perspectives on the interplay of two areas of primary importance to our lives--business and society--this anthology brings together a wide range of readings on the subject. Topics include the historical evolution of the business enterprise, the emergence and development of the laborforce, and the impact of the international m...

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Combining perspectives on the interplay of two areas of primary importance to our lives - business and society - this anthology brings together a wide range of readings on the subject. Topics include the historical evolution of the business enterprise, the emergence and development of the labor force, and the impact of the internationa...

Barry Castro is at Grand Valley State University.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 6.14 × 9.13 × 0.75 inPublished:January 1, 1996Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0195095669

ISBN - 13:9780195095661

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Table of Contents

I. HISTORY1. A Parable to Begin WithDaniel Lerner:"The Grocer and the Chief"2. Opportnity and DislocationOscar Handlin: "Peasant Origins"The New York Times: "East Side Street Vendors"Morris Rosenfeld: "Sweat Shop"Pedro Pietri: "Puerto Rican Obituary"Stephen Meyer III: "Assembly-Line Americanization"3. Business: Culture and TechnologyAnthony Giddens: "The Themes of the Protestant Ethic"Clifford Geertz: "Economic Development in Modjokuto"Alfred D. Chandler: "The Role of Business in the United States: A Historical Survey"4. Capital AccumulationJohn Maynard Keynes: "On Late Nineteenth-Century Capitalism"Steven F. Cohen: Selections5. CommunityWendell Berry: "Does Community Have a Value?"6. Bringing It back HomeBarry Castro: "Socrates in Dallas: Managing the Facilities"II. Sociology7. A Poem to Begin WithRobert Frost: "Two Tramps in Mudtime"8. Workers and ManagersSimone Weill: "The Experience of Factory Life" Robert Jackall: "The Social Structure of Managerial Work"George Orwell: "Shooting an Elephant"9. The MarginalizedWilliam Langer: "The Black Masses"Herbert George Gutman (Selections)Cornell West (Selections)John Tierney: "Harlem Teenagers Checkmate a Stereotype"R.B. "If Yo Go..."10. Power and CultureT.S. Eliot (Selections)Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels (Selections)11. Power, Culture, and MediaBen H. Bagdidkian: "The Wrong Kind of Readers: The Fall and Rise of the New Yorker"Gloria Steinem: "Sex, Lies, and Advertising"12. Bringing It Back HomeBarry Castro: "Learning about Education at the Workplace"III. Ethics13. A Dilemma To Begin WithDouglas Hofstadter: "The Prisoner's Dilemma and the Evolution of Cooperation"14. ConscienceRobert Solomon: "The Corporation As Community"Roger Rosenblatt: "How Do They Live With Themselves?"15. LawMontesquieu: "On Commerce"16. EnvironmentGarrett Hardin: "The Tragedy of the Commons"Max Oelschaeger: "The Idea of Wilderness"Lynn White: "The Historical Roots of Or Ecological Crisis"17. An OverviewAlbert O. Hirshman: "Rival Interpretation of Market Society: Civilizing, Destructive, or Feeble?"18. Bringing It Back HomeBarry Castro: "Business Ethics: Knowing Ourselves"

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"Looks like just the type of book I've been looking for--provides background and diverse viewpoints."--Dr. Michael Prosch, Villanova University