Work and the Economy

Read this chapter for a review of work and the economy. As you read each section, consider the following topics:

  • Take note of the bold terms found in this section. What kinds of goods and services do you rely on to function in life?
  • Take note of the types of economic systems and their historical development. Explore how functionalists, conflict theorists, and symbolic interactionists view the economy and work.
  • Focus on globalization and its manifestation in modern society. Take note of the pros and cons of globalization from an economic standpoint.
  • Take note of the current United States' workforce and the trend of polarization. Concentrate on how women and immigrants have impacted the modern American workforce. Lastly, focus on the basic elements of poverty in the U.S. today.