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 7: Transition to the Future
Transition to the Future
I began this book with images of disorder and argued that much of it is occurring as a consequence of global economic and political change. As America and other nations search for new solutions to the economic problems of production and distribution, people's lives are disrupted. This disruption takes the form of increased unemployment, crime, political conflict, and family discord, among other things.
Such periods of social changes are not unusual. The transition from traditional agricultural society to modern industrial capitalism in Europe and in the United States resulted in a rearranging of the institutions in which people lived their lives. The church, for example, is no longer the major political power in society. In the United States, in ...