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SOC 2010 Chapter 11 Notes

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Chapter 11 Lecture Notes: Work and the Economy
Introduction to sociology
Mary Barr
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Date Created: 04/11/16
Chapter 11: Work and the Economy  Marx, Durkheim, Weber agreed that analyzing modern work is important to society  Conflict Theory (Marx)  Stratified labor market creates conflict between groups; elites can exploit poor people  Social inequality is the basic characteristic of society  Better technology and paid labor gives potential for major societal improvements  Bourgeoisie (elite) and proletariat (workers)  Capitalism: small group of people control large amount of money and has power  Individuals privately own factors of production; goal is to make profit  4 ways to maximize profit:  Raise prices  Cut quality  Sell smaller amounts for the same price  Pay workers less/ hire less workers  Profit encourages efficiency: new technology, markets expanding, cut costs  Alienation: a worker’s disconnected relationship to work  People lose control over production, become alienated, work becomes only a way to survive  4 ways of being alienated  Workers don’t get to see the product of their own labor (assembly lines)  Their own productive activities (elite get the value of the product, workers only get wages)  Fellow workers (only working for themselves and their personal survival)  Human nature (nothing to be proud of after production, desire to create)  Structural Functionalism (Durkheim)  Different types of work are necessary to the economy and to society  Skilled jobs get paid more than unskilled jobs  Max Weber  Application of economic logic to human behaviors and activity  Religious aspect of Protestant Work Ethic and Spirit of Capitalism  Emphasized hard work and frugal spending  Symbolic Interactionism  Social world from the perspective of individuals  Meanings created through individual actions and interactions (micro- theory)  Based on in depth interviews with people about their jobs or meanings of their jobs  History of Work in the US  Earliest American Economy: hunting and gathering (Native Americans)  Agricultural Revolution: cotton gin (1793), planting, farming, household production  Industrial Revolution: factory, assembly line, steam power, people moved to urban areas  Information Revolution: microchip invented in the 1970s  Recent shift from Manufacturing to Service  Manufacturing: producing goods, blue collar jobs without much schooling  1970s: deindustrialization (decline of industrial activity)  Service Economy  High End: people with knowledge and time to improve productivity  Low End: fast food workers  Demand for workers at both ends of the education spectrum, not in the middle  Past 30 years has led to jobs of lower wage than than under the manufacturing economy  Most new jobs created don’t pay a living wage  New Age Capitalism (sharing economy)  Technology connects people with underused things to sell  Not much regulation  Signal of desperation for people who need to make money any way they can  Convenience, cheaper prices, connections with people  Underground Economy: sales happening under the table or off the books


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