The authors are proud sponsors of the 2020 SAGE Keith Roberts Teaching Innovations Award—enabling graduate students and early career faculty to attend the annual ASA pre-conference teaching and learning workshop.Changing Contours of Work is an exploration of the American workplace in the larger context of an integrated global economy. Presented with engaging vignettes and rich data, this Fourth Edition shows the reader how the "old economy" is now operating within the "new economy" and how that integration shapes the development of work opportunities.
Authors Stephen Sweet and Peter Meiksins use an international comparative perspective, revealing the historical transformations of work and identifying the profound effects that these changes have had on lives, jobs, and life chances. This text supports the reader's understanding of the origins of current problems confronting working people in the new economy, and contributes to a much-needed dialogue about the strategies for liberating workers from poverty, drudgery, discrimination, stress, and exploitation.
List of Exhibits
About the Authors
Preface to the Fourth Edition
1. Mapping the Contours of Work
2. New Products, New Ways of Working, and the New Economy
3. Economic Inequality, Social Mobility, and the New Economy
4. Whose Jobs Are Secure?
5. A Fair Day’s Work? The Intensity and Scheduling of Jobs in the New Economy
6. Gender Chasms in the New Economy
7. Race, Ethnicity, and Work: Legacies of the Past, Problems in the Present
8. Reshaping the Contours of the New Economy
Appendix: Legislative and Regulatory Time Line of Worker Rights and Protections in the United States