PERSPECTIVES ON ECONOMY AND WORK IN THE UNITED STATES

PERSPECTIVES ON ECONOMY AND WORK IN THE UNITED STATES

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THE ECONOMY AND WORK PERSPECTIVES ON ECONOMY AND WORK IN THE UNITED STATES Functionalist perspective—the economy is a vital social institution to produce needed goods and services— business cycles involve peaks and valleys—inflation and recession— Keynesian economics stabilize the economy, but alters “pure” capitalism Conflict perspective—business cycles are the result of capitalist greed, which socialism would eliminate— the falling rate of profit Symbolic interactionist perspective—at the micro level, how the economy affects personal relationship and behavior— job satisfaction is built upon intrinsic (the nature of the work itself) and extrinsic (pay and benefits) factors alienation is big issue for sociologists— really elements of manipulation Postmodern—whole new forms of work but still under private ownership, blurring lines of home and work and traditional social structures in the workplace—loss of leisure time and
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