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Soc Sec working fams fall09Bb

Soc Sec working fams fall09Bb - FMSC381 October22,2009...

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FMSC 381 October 22, 2009
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Melvin Kohn’s thesis Our class standing is recreated through our  choice of jobs Blue collar vs. white collar Spillover from work to parenting styles New dynamics in a new economy
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Generation Debt ( Village Voice ) Lost generation ( Newsweek ) Cooling out with “college-for-all”
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“Man-cession” 82% of jobs lost in 2008-2009 employed men 2009:  First time that women will outnumber  men in labor force in US But the effects are overstated Sectors most likely hit for short-term losses are  construction/manufacturing (vs health care,  education, & govt) But women’s problems in employment are ingrained  – wage differentials, motherhood penalty
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Difficulty finding a “good  job” Young workers vs. older  “recycled” workers Avoid African American  men and local workers Few good wages
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“People who don’t call when they can’t come to work  probably don’t think that they’re important enough to  matter…It’s more than low self esteem.  It’s invisibility.” Overwhelming family issues, survival  instincts from street, culture shock of  workplace Inadequacy, rage, anxieties and  excuses
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Success: Chain of friends &  acquaintances Breaking the stigma of  McJobs Combining school  with work Soft skills
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