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Sarah Croog 24939025 C4 Abassi The labor market is a place and process in which labor is allocated. There are, however, discriminations and biases in how the labor is distributed. The markets are deeply embedded in networks, typically characterized by weak ties, which give certain individuals and groups significant advantages in finding work. Many of these networks are based almost entirely on race, social status, or gender. I recall my experiences over the summer including my difficulty in finding a job. This past summer, I knew that it was time for me to look for my first job. Since it was my first, I had no past credentials, but my mother, an attorney, for whom I had previously done filing and small tasks. Thus, my mother was my main source in finding a
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Unformatted text preview: job. She asked several of our neighbors as to whether or not they knew of any job openings for me- our place of residence was essential. Our small community, consisting of a few streets in our suburb, was an epicenter for information. However, this epicenter of information was dominated by women, since most of them were housewives, and socialized by walking the dogs together, exercising together, etc. Being a woman, it was easy for me to transition into the network and find a job (I ended up babysitting). If I were male, however, there would be an inequality that would prevent me from finding a job so easily. There is inequality in the travel of information and application of jobs, in this case, based on residential area and gender....
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This note was uploaded on 10/26/2011 for the course SOCIOLOGY 110 taught by Professor Zussman during the Fall '08 term at UMass (Amherst).

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