The Transformation of Work in the New Economy: Sociological Readings

Paperback | November 16, 2006

byRobert Perrucci, Carolyn C. Perrucci

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In The Transformation of the New Economy, editors Robert Perrucci and Carolyn C. Perrucci critically examine existing conditions in the workplace and discuss the political and economic forces that have shaped them. The book explores established practices governing how products are produced,how work is organized, and who comprises the labor force. Perrucci and Perrucci examine computerized production technology, global production chains, and the international division of labor as products of political struggles between corporations, workers, and the government. The outcomes of these struggles have produced our global economy, made jobs lesssecure, and kept wages of average Americans from growing the way they did post-World War II. These outcomes have also led to downsizing in the workplace, restructuring the social organization of work, and outsourcing jobs to other countries. This anthology illustrates how the new economy has affected: * Job opportunities and income for workers of different gender, race, and class. * Working conditions of professionals, factory workers, and workers in the service economy. * Family life of parents, children, and dual earners. The closing section of the book focuses on policy changes that could improve the conditions of workers in the new economy--with specific attention to raising wages, better access to health care, and company policies that empower workers.

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In The Transformation of the New Economy, editors Robert Perrucci and Carolyn C. Perrucci critically examine existing conditions in the workplace and discuss the political and economic forces that have shaped them. The book explores established practices governing how products are produced,how work is organized, and who comprises the l...

Robert Perrucci and Carolyn C. Perrucci are both at Purdue University.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:624 pages, 6.89 × 9.09 × 1.3 inPublished:November 16, 2006Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195330811

ISBN - 13:9780195330816

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Work and the New EconomyPart I: Historical Background for the New EconomySanford M. Jacoby: 1. The Way It Was: Factory Labor Before 1915Harry Braverman: 2. Scientific ManagementRichard Edwards: 3. Bureaucratic ControlKarl Marx: 4. On AlienationPart II: How Globalization, Technology, and Organization Affect WorkA. GlobalizationDan Clawson: 5. Neoliberal GlobalizationRobert Perrucci and Earl Wysong: 6. Global Economy and Privileged ClassLouis Uchitelle and N. R. Kleinfield: 7. The Price of Jobs LostDavid Bacon: 8. Grapes and Green OnionsNestor Rodriguez: 9. Workers Wanted: Employer Recruitment of Immigrant LaborB. TechnologyPeter Dicken: 10. Technology: The "Great Growling Engine of Change"Shoshana Zuboff: 11. Worker Skills and Computer-Mediated WorkJill Andresky Fraser: 12. They Used to Use a Ball and Chain: Technology's Impact on the WorkplaceFrank Levy and Richard J. Murnane: 13. How Computers Change Work and PayC. OrganizationArne L. Kalleberg: 14. Flexible Firms and Labor Market Segmentation: Effects of Workplace Restructuring on Jobs and WorkersDavid M. Gordon: 15. Bureaucratic BloatJackie Rogers: 16. Just a TempPart III: The Changing Face of WorkA. Opportunities and IncomeRichard Hogan and Carolyn Perrucci: 17. Gender, Race, and Income GapsChris Tilly and Charles Tilly: 18. Inequality at Work: Wages and PromotionPhilip Moss and Chris Tilly: 19. "Soft" Skills and RaceDavid J. Maume, Jr.: 20. Glass Ceilings and Glass EscalatorsB. Professional WorkJerry L. Van Hoy: 21. The Organization of Mass Production LawStephen R. Barley and Gideon Kunda: 22. Unlikely RebelsRobert L. Brannon: 23. Professionalization and Work IntensificationC. Life on the Factory FloorSteven P. Vallas: 24. Why Teamwork Fails: Obstacles to Workplace Change in Four Manufacturing PlantsLaurie Graham: 25. Inside a Japanese TransplantRichard M. Pfeffer: 26. Being Broken In: The First Two WeeksD. Service WorkBarbara A. Gutek, Bennett Cherry, and Markus Groth: 27. Gender and Service DeliveryRobin Leidner: 28. Over the Counter: McDonaldsBarbara Ehrenreich: 29. Wal-MartPart IV: Work and Family ConnectionsJennifer L. Glass: 30. Envisioning the Integration of Family and WorkJerry A. Jacobs and Kathleen Gerson: 31. Overworked Individuals or Overworked Families?Penney Edgell Becker and Phyllis Moen: 32. Scaling Back: Dual-Earner Couples' Work-Family StrategiesSue Falter Mennino, Beth A. Rubin, and April Brayfield: 33. Home-to-Job and Job-to-Home Spillover: The Impact of Company Policies and Workplace CulturePart V: Emerging IssuesA. Policies for Work and FamilyJanet C. Gornick and Marcia K. Meyers: 34. The Reluctant American Welfare State: Opting Out of Public ResponsibilityPatricia V. Roehling, Mark V. Roehling, and Phyllis Moen: 35. The Relationship Between Work-Life Policies and Practices and Employee LoyaltyJennifer L. Glass and Sarah Beth Estes: 36. The Family Responsive WorkplaceB. Revitalizing the WorkplaceEdna Bonacich: 37. The Challenge of Organizing in a Globalized Flexible Industry: The Case of the Apparel Industry in Los AngelesStephanie Luce: 38. Lessons From Living-Wage CampaignsDonald L. Barlett and James: 39. Critical Condition: How Health Care in America Became Big Business and Bad MedicineStacy S. Kim, Marta Lopez, and James T. Bond: 40. Promising Practices: How Employers Improve Their Bottom Lines by Addressing the Needs of Lower-Wage Workers

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"This book is a cutting-edge collection of excerpts and articles that thoroughly covers the many dimensions of contemporary work and employment. Each reading is preceded by a brief editorial paragraph that explains and contextualizes the topic, and each is then followed by incisive discussionquestions. These learning aids will invite students' critical reflection and clarify for them the importance of all the entries in relation to the complex subject of work in the new economy."--Vicki Smith, University of California, Davis; author of Crossing the Great Divide:Worker Risk andOpportunity in the New Economy