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.

Culture in a Changing World

Culture in a changing world

New Orleans has an annual jazz festival where musicians of all sorts perform for days. During one of the days I attended, the Allman Brothers played. As I stood in the sun enjoying the music I noticed one of my undergraduate seminar students several yards away enjoying the same music. At that moment, the Allman Brothers were playing a cut from an album that had been extremely popular during my first semester of college, more than 20 years ago. I was struck by the irony that the student and, in fact, much of the audience, hadn't been born when I first enjoyed the song. In class the next day I mentioned our shared experience to the ...

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