Degraded Work: The Struggle at the Bottom of the Labor Market

Doussard, Marc
Publisher:  University of Minnesota Press
Date Written:  10/07/2013
Year Published:  2013  
Pages:  296pp   ISBN:  978-0816681402
Resource Type:  Book
Cx Number:  CX18032

Doussard demonstrates that the decline in wages and working conditions is anything but the unavoidable result of competitive economic forces. Rather, he makes the case that service sector and other local-serving employers have boosted profit with innovative practices to exploit workers that go far beyond wage cuts.


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Table of Contents

Introduction: The Boom in Poorly Paid and Precarious Jobs
1. New Inequalities: The Deterioration of Local-Serving Industries
2. Beyond Low Wages: The Problem of Degraded Work
3. The City That Sweats Work: Growth and Inequality in Post-Fordist Chicago
4. Oases in the Midst of Deserts: How Food Retailers Thrive in Disinvested Neighborhoods
5. "They're Happy to Have a Job": Midsize Supermarkets and Degraded Work
6. Building Degradation: Dangerous Work and Falling Pay during a Construction Boom
7. A Perfectly Flexible Workforce: Day Labor in a Precarious Industry
8. New Answers to New Problems: The Creative Work of Reversing Degradation
Conclusion: Building a Fair Labor Market in Postmanufacturing Economies

Acknowledgments
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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