Social Problems; Sociology of the Workplace Essay

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SOC-220 Social Problems
October 21, 2011
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Sociology of the Workplace We might have been equal around 200B.C. but those days are over. Political control, unequal income and unequal status changed the way American families had to break away for economic independency due to the massive industrialization. Jobs and careers are a core value in American society (Macionis 2008). Two revolutions, Industrial and Information, changed the workplace for most Americans, creating a new status quo for them and their families. With the new modern economy, the quality of life can only be improved. Structural-functional, social conflict, and symbolic interaction are the three major approaches in sociology that guides thinking
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Structural Functional Analysis in the workplace looks at the disruptions as temporary and that society will rebound from them. Industrial, Informational, and the current revolution shaped and is still shaping the work place. Structural-Functional sees society through a macro-level orientation focusing on the social structures that shape society as a whole (DeRosso 2002). With symbolic-interactions, people can take their jobs one of two ways. Mainly the skilled professionals like, doctors, lawyers, teachers, and others are happy to go to work. They are motivated to work towards advancements and think of their jobs as careers. (Macionis, 2008) The workers that are unskilled, work in factories tend to think of their jobs as meaningless. They go to work because they have to. The lack of positive identify rarely gets them an advancement. The social conflict emphasizes on social inequality. This is more of a theory on a capitalist economy with their wealth and power who would hire the less fortunate to do all the labor. The capitalist would then benefit totally from the economic system because they own or control it. Lower wages are paid and rarely do they control any of the production. This is what is called “The McJobs” (Macionis 2008). With the transition from Industrial Revolution to the new Information (technology) Revolution, employees had to make some adjustments. No longer is the

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