GRINNELL SOC 395 - SOC 395 syllabus (10 pages)

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Soc 395 - Spatial Stratification: Putting Inequality in its Place
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Transformations in Labor Americans at Work in the New Global Economy Soc 395 Section 1 Mon Wed 2 15 4 05pm CARN 304 Grinnell College Spring 2005 Professor Karla A Erickson Email ericksok grinnell edu Phone 641 269 3330 Office 111 Carnegie office hours posted outside my office weekly McDonald s has more employees than U S Steel Golden Arches not blast furnaces symbolize the American economy George Will Macdonald and Sirianni 1 At Walmart they observe how you work with everybody even when you re just stocking or pulling freight They look to see if you have people skills to see if you like people I mean you wouldn t want someone up here who was unfriendly or sarcastic or something like that Walmart Greeter Bowe Bowe and Streeter 1 Time is indeed money and bodies are seemingly endless sources of money making activity Barndt 225 Course Description What is the new global economy and how has it transformed the landscape of the American workforce in the last three decades Who are the workers in the new economy How do individuals experience the consequences of globalization in their lives both as workers and consumers This course will examine recent transformations in the U S economy including deskilling downsizing and the rise of the service sector and will consider how each of these transformations relate to issues of identity community family formation structural inequality and national culture Work has changed so quickly in the last three decades that we have yet to fully comprehend the micro level consequences in our daily lives and the macro level consequences for American culture and global processes We will address key questions about the consequences of globalization and the new economy on American workers and consumers However our study will not end at the borders of the United States instead we will track the flow of labor and capital through case studies of the consequences of globalization in daily practice and experience We will begin the course by examining



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