memo2 - Nicole Chan 26 September 2011 Irene Boeckmann Memo...

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Nicole Chan 26 September 2011 Irene Boeckmann Memo 2: Week 5 Irene Padavic and Barbara Reskin’s chapter, “Sex Segregation in the Workplace” was more of a broad overview of the history and how sex segregation has evolved from the 19 th century to present; consequences and explanations for why it occurs; common trends seen in other cultures/across nations; different levels of sex-segregation in the work place etc. Padavic and Reskin discuss how sex, gender roles, human capital theory etc. interfere with women entering into the work force. Employers and the government have ultimate authority over segregation levels and it is up to them to make a difference in personnel practices where there are high levels of segregation. Reskin’s article, “The Effects of Affirmative Action on Other Stakeholders” is more focused on the concept of affirmative action, and how it affects the general American population, businesses, minorities etc. She highlights the tension between those who favor affirmative action or
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This note was uploaded on 12/16/2011 for the course SOC 320 taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '11 term at UMass (Amherst).

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