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A Changing Workplace and Its Consequences

Ida Susser

in Norman Street

Published in print June 2012 | ISBN: 9780195367317
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199951192 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195367317.003.0003
A Changing Workplace and Its Consequences

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This chapter crosses the boundary from statistical representation to the description of individual workers as they seek employment. Finding a job, working a short time, losing a job, and looking again form a part of the cycle of life in the neighborhood. The chapter describes the pervasive influence of the state in terms of state-sponsored work programs and the other major work alternative: the military. Frequently, the only work available in the neighborhood is in a government program where employment depends upon an individual's political usefulness. Through a consideration of the nature of work in Greenpoint–Williamsburg, the way employment precipitates far-reaching changes in the lives of individuals and the structure of the community can be understood.

Keywords: employment; jobs; state-sponsored works programs; military; Greenpoint–Williamsburg; community structure; neighborhoods

Chapter.  4857 words. 

Subjects: Social Stratification, Inequality, and Mobility

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