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 5: The Changing Role of Government
The Changing Role of Government
When my grandfather came to this country from Russia, there was no such thing as social security, unemployment compensation, a minimum wage, or retirement benefits. When his son, my father, retired in the mid-1980s from his teaching job at age 55, his retirement benefits, supplemented by occasional periods of substitute teaching, allowed him to take frequent trips to the Far East. My tax attorney tells me, however, that if I don't want to spend my old age in poverty, my husband and I will need to supplement the shrinking retirement benefits that our jobs and social security will provide. Even worse off is my sister. To date, none of her jobs in the restaurant business has ...