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Final - Work - Sociology 100-02 Dr. Deidre Hill Butler The...

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Sociology 100-02 Due: 3/13/06 Dr. Deidre Hill Butler Final Essay The Nature of Work in the Twenty-First Century Since the twentieth century we have often associated the notion of work with drudgery— with a set of tasks that we want to minimize and, if possible, escape from altogether. You may have this very though in mind as you set out to read this paper. Work has more going for it than drudgery, or people would not feel so lost and disoriented when they become unemployed. We can see changes like these in a particular area like Flint, Michigan after the downsizing of the General Motors plant. The globalizing of economic production, together with the spread of information technology, is altering the nature of the jobs most people do. With new strategies for labor movement and new directions taking place in the workplace. We can expect to see the nature of work changing all together. Now in the twenty-first century, with the increase in globalization making a great deal of difference in our working lives; the nature of the work we do is being changed by forces of global economic competition. The emergence of a competitive auto industry, first in Japan and later in South Korea, threatened the General Motor system by producing high-quality cars at a lower cost than was possible in the United States. GM responded with an industrial reorganization to comply with global competition. is a documentary film chronicling the workings of one of the world’s largest corporations, General Motors, as it nearly turns its hometown of Flint, Michigan, into a ghost town. In his quest to discover why GM's management and board of directors would do such a thing, filmmaker Michael Moore, a Flint native, attempts to meet the chairman, Roger Smith, and find out why. examines how Moore's hometown of Flint has been built around the factories of one of the largest auto corporations in the world, General Motors. For decades on end the company has been prosperous, making high profits and keeping its workers
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loyal and content with their jobs and payment. Everyone in Moore’s family has worked for General Motors; the Flint residents have become not only economically but also spiritually and culturally connected with and influenced by the company, a fact that additionally explains the devastating effect of the closure of the GM factories. General Motors closed 11 of their factories in Flint, Michigan, lying off more than 30,000 workers, in order to set up production in Mexico. In the midst of this rapidly crumbling city, the town leaders have gone a little crazy. They quickly devise a series of desperate schemes that target serious urban planning. The mayor of Flint pays TV evangelist Robert Schuller $30,000 to come to Flint and hold a giant revival meeting, complete with live television coverage, to heal the city of its unemployment plague. The city, along with the Flint-based Mott Foundation, spends $100 million to build an
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Final - Work - Sociology 100-02 Dr. Deidre Hill Butler The...

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