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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.
Table of Contents
|List of Exhibits||p. ix|
|About the Authors||p. xv|
|Mapping the Contours of Work||p. 1|
|Scenes From the New Economy||p. 3|
|Culture and Work||p. 7|
|Structure and Work||p. 12|
|Class Structures||p. 13|
|Job Markets and Job Demands||p. 14|
|Demography and the New Labor Force||p. 17|
|Agency and Careers||p. 19|
|New Products, New Ways of Working, and the New Economy||p. 23|
|A Postindustrial Society?||p. 24|
|The End of Mass Production?||p. 26|
|New Skills?||p. 30|
|Interactive Service Work||p. 30|
|High-Tech Work||p. 33|
|New Cultures of Control?||p. 35|
|The End of Organized Labor?||p. 40|
|A New Global Economy?||p. 45|
|Economic Inequality, Social Mobility, and the New Economy||p. 49|
|Are Economic Divides Narrowing or Widening in the United States?||p. 50|
|Are Career Pathways Opening or Closing?||p. 56|
|Missing Rungs in the Ladder||p. 58|
|Entry Points: Securing the Good Job in Young Adulthood||p. 61|
|Is the Global Economy Becoming More Flat or Bumpy?||p. 63|
|Whose Jobs Are Secure?||p. 75|
|Risk and Work: Historical and Comparative Views||p. 76|
|How Insecure Are Workers in the New Economy?||p. 81|
|The Costs of Job Loss and Insecurity||p. 87|
|Responding to Insecurity: Old and New Careers||p. 91|
|A Fair Day's Work? The Intensity and Scheduling of Jobs in the New Economy||p. 99|
|Time, Intensity, and Work||p. 100|
|How Long Are We Working? Comparative Frameworks||p. 103|
|Working Long, Working Hard||p. 110|
|Why Are Americans Working So Much?||p. 112|
|Nonstandard Schedules: Jobs in a 24/7 Economy||p. 116|
|How Americans Deal With Overwork||p. 119|
|Gender Chasms in the New Economy||p. 125|
|When Did Home Work Become Nonwork?||p. 126|
|Women's Participation in the Paid Labor Force in America||p. 129|
|Gender Inequalities in Compensation||p. 132|
|Socialization, Career Selection, and Career Paths||p. 134|
|Interpersonal Discrimination in the Workplace||p. 141|
|Structural Dimensions of Gender Discrimination||p. 148|
|The Devaluation of Women's Work||p. 148|
|How Job Designs Discriminate||p. 150|
|Strategies to Bridge the Care Gaps: International Comparisons||p. 153|
|Race, Ethnicity, and Work: Legacies of the Past, Problems in the Present||p. 161|
|Histories of Race, Ethnicity, and Work||p. 162|
|African American Exceptionality||p. 162|
|The Immigrant Experience||p. 164|
|The Magnitude of Racial Inequality in the New Economy||p. 167|
|Intergenerational Transmission of Resources||p. 170|
|Race, Ethnicity, and Economic Capital||p. 171|
|Race, Ethnicity, and Human Capital||p. 172|
|Race, Ethnicity, and Social Capital||p. 174|
|Race, Ethnicity, and Cultural Capital||p. 176|
|Geographic Distribution of Race and Work Opportunity||p. 178|
|Racial Prejudice and Discrimination||p. 181|
|Racialized Jobs||p. 184|
|Race, Ethnicity, and Work; Social Policy||p. 185|
|Affirmative Action||p. 185|
|Immigration Policy||p. 187|
|Reshaping the Contours of the New Economy||p. 195|
|Opportunity Chasms||p. 195|
|Class Chasms||p. 195|
|Gender Chasms||p. 197|
|Racial and Ethnic Chasms||p. 198|
|International Chasms||p. 199|
|The Agents of Change||p. 201|
|The Role of Individuals||p. 201|
|The Role of Activist Groups||p. 203|
|The Role of Organized Labour||p. 205|
|The Role of Employers||p. 209|
|The Role of Government||p. 213|
|The Role of International Organizations||p. 218|
|Appendix: Legislative and Regulatory Timeline of Worker Rights and Protections in the United States||p. 225|
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