Wal-Mart Essay

1985 Words Apr 7th, 2015 8 Pages
1. Functionalist questions
a. What are the functions of Wal-Mart for society?
Wal-Mart is an American multinational retail corporation and one of the leading discount department retail stores (Wikipedia). It is the highest- grossing company in the United States (Fortune 2008a), and is by far one of the most successful companies worldwide. Wal-Mart offers a place to buy the majority of our goods under one roof like electronics, furniture, clothing, pharmacy, sports, food, books etc. Wal-Mart sells good at lower price than the others and this is even shown by its slogan “save money, live better”. It drives out smaller and sometimes even the expensive stores out of business due to its lower prices. Wal-Mart provides jobs for thousands of
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Another reason might be that some people don’t like the customer service they provide so they don’t prefer to buy from there. Everyone have their own preference for liking or disliking Wal-Mart.
c. Does Wal-Mart perpetuate the inequalities (of gender, race, class, religion, age, sexual orientation, and so on) in our society? If so, how?
No, Wal-Mart doesn’t perpetuate the inequalities in our society. It doesn’t directly contribute to many of these. It just perpetuates class and gender inequality. However rather than Wal-Mart itself doing this it is the 'Wal-Mart effect’. The class inequalities are increased because of pressure on wages brought about by their outsourcing policies class. Whereas on the other hand gender inequality has increase as Wal-Mart provide flexible part time work which are found easily accessible by women because they are the primary workers in the home. This perpetuates racial inequalities in our society and pushes poor ethnic communities in a cycle of poverty.
d. Does Wal-Mart contribute to conflict between unequal groups in our society? If so, how?
Wal-Mart being one of the big company get its supplies cheaply and in a large quantity. This disables other supermarkets to compete with Wal-Mart. Where ever a Wal-Mart opens, many other stores close down because all their customers have been stolen by Wal-Mart. Wal-Mart doesn’t pay its employees enough money to support their families’ because the wages

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