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.
When I was growing up there was a television show called “Leave It to Beaver.” Beaver was a boy of grade-school age with an older brother named Wally. Beaver's parents were named Ward and June Cleaver. June wore dresses, nylons, and pumps all the time. Her hair was sort of short and styled (it was set and sprayed into immovable place). She smiled and baked cookies a lot. She made dinner for her family every night. She was there during the day to help Beaver get out of his “scrapes.” Ward wore a suit and tie to work, but I have no idea what that work was. He went to work and came home at the end of the day, and he ...