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Unformatted text preview: Problems of Work and Unemployment Two articles on Work and Unemployment (1) Schwartz. The Demeaning of Work .* (2) Schlosser. The Most Dangerous Job. * Announce 5 th reaction card question Do you love your job? Why or why not? Do you feel exciting that you will work at least for 25 years after graduation? Why do you want to get a job? Work in industrialized societies Higher degree of division of labor Specialization of work roles Tasks are repetitive Tasks allow only little or no creativity workers are unable to express their full potential Marx: alienation Workers are only cogs in a machine estrangement-work -product -other human beings-themselves Example: a job in fast food industry Four components of alienation-powerlessness-meaninglessness-normlessness-self-estrangement Work Sucks? The United States-Producing manufactured goods producing services-labor-intensive blue-collar assembly line information-intensive white-collar occupations-U.S. jobs are exported to foreign countries Cheaper labor/materials/lax regulation What happens when technological devices are used to replace all workers? Workers are laid off (high unemployment)...
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