Second Exam 1 - White-Collar Insecurity Lynd and Lynd 1929...

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White-Collar Insecurity Lynd and Lynd. 1929. Middletown . Muncie, Indiana What happened in 1929? Why do they work so hard? Why do people buy things? Were people ever satisfied with what they had? What caused this shift? - from producing what you consume to working for money and buying what you consume Mass consumption society requires us to buy ever more things. Do people work hard because they get satisfaction from working hard? Mass production ends work as a value in itself. Remember, the economy goes in cycles . - 1929 - 2000 “From the people who brought you the weekend.” (Unions) Newman. 1988. Falling from grace. When did managers lose their jobs?
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Why did managers lose their jobs? - It was the fashion : - corporate downsizing - companies merging - an economy in decline : recession What happens to managers who lose their jobs? All endure a period of unemployment And half take non-management and non-professional jobs What is a “categorical fate?” - They belong to a group that has been hurt. - This works as a social explanation only when people know that there is a group out there that has been hurt. - Not your fault (Plant closed down) Whom do firms blame for layoffs? - They shift the blame to the victim What are “manly flaws?” - Companies demand that employees be subordinate, conformist, and predictable.
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