An ideal short text for social problems, social change, or a sociology of work course, this book provides a sociological understanding of the transition from industrial capitalism to post-industrial, flexible, global capitalism in American society in a way that is meaningful and insightful to undergraduates.
Chapter 1: Social Change in the Twentieth Century
Social Change in the Twentieth Century
In 1992 in Ohio, a disgruntled former cook went into a family restaurant and fired 15 shots from a 9mm semiautomatic handgun, wounding several employees. The first week of 1995, a Michigan automobile factory experienced its third shooting (January 8, 1995, Times-Picayune); an employee killed his estranged wife, her boyfriend, and then himself. Such incidents are not as rare as one might suppose. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, workplace homicides tripled between 1980 and 1988, making them the third leading cause of death on the job. Moreover, researchers suggest that this trend will worsen. One study found 16 incidents of mass murder in the workplace in the 1980s and 18 in the ...