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The City That Sweats Work: Growth and Inequality in Post-Fordist Chicago

Marc Doussard

in Degraded Work: The Struggle at the Bottom of the Labor Market

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816681396
eISBN:
9781452949079
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816681396.003.0003
Subject:
Sociology, Urban and Rural Studies

Chapter Three introduces the food retail and residential construction cases, and the dynamic Chicago economy in which employers remade these industries. Because traditional methods of economic ... More


A Perfectly Flexible Workforce: Day Labor in a Precarious Industry

Marc Doussard

in Degraded Work: The Struggle at the Bottom of the Labor Market

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816681396
eISBN:
9781452949079
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816681396.003.0007
Subject:
Sociology, Urban and Rural Studies

Chapter Seven explores this disconnect and its implications. From a distance, the residential construction industry appears to operate in the manner suggested by economics textbooks: Contractors bid ... More


Conclusion: Building a Fair Labor Market in Postmanufacturing Economies

Marc Doussard

in Degraded Work: The Struggle at the Bottom of the Labor Market

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816681396
eISBN:
9781452949079
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816681396.003.0009
Subject:
Sociology, Urban and Rural Studies

The Conclusion details broader implications of the concept of degraded work for scholars engaged in the problem of urban inequality. Defining working conditions, in addition to wages, as a central ... More


Beyond Low Wages: The Problem of Degraded Work

Marc Doussard

in Degraded Work: The Struggle at the Bottom of the Labor Market

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816681396
eISBN:
9781452949079
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816681396.003.0002
Subject:
Sociology, Urban and Rural Studies

Chapter Two reviews the workplace practices of low-wage employers in order to sharpen the understanding of the problem at hand. Where the concept of low-wage work suggests marginal changes within an ... More


“They’re Happy to Have a Job”: Midsize Supermarkets and Degraded Work

Marc Doussard

in Degraded Work: The Struggle at the Bottom of the Labor Market

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816681396
eISBN:
9781452949079
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816681396.003.0005
Subject:
Sociology, Urban and Rural Studies

Chapter Five focuses on the new, thriving food retailers undersell chain supermarkets by 50% or more on many products, and they use low-cost, highly productive labor to move those goods. Employers ... More


Building Degradation: Dangerous Work and Falling Pay during a Construction Boom

Marc Doussard

in Degraded Work: The Struggle at the Bottom of the Labor Market

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816681396
eISBN:
9781452949079
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816681396.003.0006
Subject:
Sociology, Urban and Rural Studies

Chapter Six examines the seeming paradox of the 2000s Chicago construction ‘boom.’ The volume of residential construction more than doubled between 2000 and 2006. Normally, industry expansion of this ... More


Degraded Work: The Struggle at the Bottom of the Labor Market

Marc Doussard

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816681396
eISBN:
9781452949079
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816681396.001.0001
Subject:
Sociology, Urban and Rural Studies

Degraded Work provides a new perspective on employment inequality and low-wage work. Jobs are not intrinsically good or bad: They are made better, or worse, by the actions of employers, employees and ... More


New Inequalities: The Deterioration of Local-Serving Industries

Marc Doussard

in Degraded Work: The Struggle at the Bottom of the Labor Market

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816681396
eISBN:
9781452949079
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816681396.003.0001
Subject:
Sociology, Urban and Rural Studies

Chapter One examines our current paralysis in the face of labor degradation. Deepening our understanding of labor degradation means reconceptualizing low-wage industries as active producers of ... More


New Answers to New Problems: The Creative Work of Reversing Degradation

Marc Doussard

in Degraded Work: The Struggle at the Bottom of the Labor Market

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816681396
eISBN:
9781452949079
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816681396.003.0008
Subject:
Sociology, Urban and Rural Studies

Chapter Eight analyzes some of the most promising responses to the problem of degraded work, and provides a framework that makes clear the shared characteristics, and limits to, these approaches. It ... More


Oases in the Midst of Deserts: How Food Retailers Thrive in Disinvested Neighborhoods

Marc Doussard

in Degraded Work: The Struggle at the Bottom of the Labor Market

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816681396
eISBN:
9781452949079
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816681396.003.0004
Subject:
Sociology, Urban and Rural Studies

Chapter Four details the food retail industry’s evolution from a pseudo-Fordist competitive model based on unionized labor, economies of scale in purchasing and market expansion, and homogeneity ... More


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