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.

Work in the Flexible Economy

Work in the flexible economy

When my father-in-law got out of the army after World War II, he moved his wife and baby daughter to southern California. He got a job as a lineman with the telephone company, bought a small house for $12,000, had a son, and knew that in a little over 30 years he would go to his retirement dinner. During his years with the phone company, he moved up the job ladder from lineman to engineer. He did that, moreover, with only a high school education. He had a unionized job that provided health benefits, sick days, and, most important, security. That security allowed him and his wife to raise their daughter and son, pay off the ...

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