Social Reaction And Social Conflict Analysis

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Over time the workplace has changed, just like the Industrial Revolution moved jobs from farming and agriculture to manufacturing, the Technology Revolution has moved manufacturing jobs to technology and service careers (Macionis, 2015). Work has always played a significant role in the individual’s life, giving identity and a “sense of pride and accomplishment” (Macionis, 2015, p.??), meanwhile technology has altered the personal satisfaction of employees today. This paper will compare and contrast structural and functional analysis, symbolic interaction and social conflict analysis, plus look at the sociological ramifications in the workplace. Humans are very resilient and can overcome the social problems created by modern technology and economics. …show more content…
Structural-functional analysis focuses on the changes the workplace incurred because of technology, while symbolic interaction focus is “the meaning people attach to the surrounding world as they construct everyday reality” (Macionis, 2015, p.342). The third analysis, social-conflict emphasizes social inequality of the workplace, each highlighting different aspects of the workplace. The structural-functional analysis is the only analysis that develops the social problem and evaluates the changes needed to cope with the problem. This analysis identifies the social problems caused by technology but also looks at the educational and social changes needed to assist the employee with the loss of manufacturing jobs and the training needed for employees to move toward the new technology and service jobs. The other two analysis identifies the the social problems but doesn’t identify social changes needed to resolve the …show more content…
With the advent of data processing, robotics, and availability of information, a high number of manufacturing job were lost to information technology and service jobs. These jobs moved from full-time skilled jobs to unskilled part-time jobs. (Macionis, 2015). The workplace had to learn new lingo, skills, and perform less physical jobs. Many older employees were replaced with younger, technology savvy employees. Many of the older employees had to retrained and take job with less pay and less hours, reducing their buying power (Macionis,

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