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 2: From Industrial Economy to Flexible Economy
From Industrial Economy to Flexible Economy
When I graduated from high school in the Washington, D.C., area in 1972, I went to college, but my old boyfriend Ricky didn't. He looked for a good, unionized factory job. He knew he could make good money and maybe buy a little house in the same neighborhood his parents and sister Sara lived in. His sister didn't go to college, either. She had a job as a typist in a big office building outside the Beltway, in the Maryland suburbs. At the same time, my best friend's father was some sort of researcher. He worked in a big firm located in nearby Bethesda, Maryland, in which he had started out at the bottom ...