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Section 3.1 Technology and Changes in the Workplace Section Readings: Volti: Chpt. 10 Volti: Chpt. 11 Lobao and Meyer (2004)  “Farm Power Without Farmers”  Domosh and Seager (2001)  “Women at Work” 
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Volti: Chapter 10 “Technology and Jobs” o How does technological innovation contribute to  unemployment? o It increases worker productivity, but at what cost? o While it increases production, technological  advance has resulted in jobs lost, including entire  industries.
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Optimistic View o Examples of mass unemployment “do not  conclusively prove that technological advance is  incompatible with high levels of employment” o High levels of consumption tend to generate still  higher levels of demand (e.g. health care) o Tech advances will not lead to job losses if the  demand for products or services increases at the  same pace as increases in productivity
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How Technology Creates Jobs o Technological change often generates problems  which require additional jobs. o Some technologies produce jobs that had not existed  earlier. o Technologies can give rise to entirely new industries. o They create a host of new products and the jobs  needed to make them. o This includes: manufacturing, marketing, and servicing.
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How Technology Creates Jobs (cont.) o Technological development in established  industries often destroys jobs o Yet, it also creates new jobs indirectly by  stimulating growth of new sectors and growth in  other existing industries
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Economic Sectors The Primary Sector – Involve extracting natural  resources from the Earth. The Secondary Sector
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