List of Exhibits
About the Authors
Preface to the Fourth Edition
1. Mapping the Contours of Work
Scenes From the New Economy
Job Markets and Job Demands
Demography and the New Labor Force
2. New Products, New Ways of Working, and the New Economy
A Postindustrial Society?
The End of Mass Production?
Interpersonal Skills in the Workplace
Technological Change and a Jobless Future?
Rigid Jobs or Flexible Jobs?
The End of Organized Labor?
3. Economic Inequality, Social Mobility, and the New Economy
Are Economic Divides Narrowing or Widening in the United States?
Are Career Pathways Opening or Closing?
Missing Rungs in the Ladder
Entry Points: Securing the Good Job in Young Adulthood
Exclusion Owing to Criminal Conviction
Is the Global Economy Becoming More Flat or Bumpy?
4. Whose Jobs Are Secure?
Risk and Work: Historical and Comparative Views
How Insecure Are Workers in the New Economy?
The Costs of Job Loss and Insecurity
Risk, Well-Being and Retirement
The Dawn of the Gig Economy
5. A Fair Day’s Work? The Intensity and Scheduling of Jobs in the New Economy
Time, Intensity, and Work
How Much Should We Work? Comparative Frameworks
Why Are Americans Working So Much?
Nonstandard Schedules: Jobs in a 24/7 Economy
How Americans Deal With Overwork
6. Gender Chasms in the New Economy
When Did Home Work Become Nonwork?
Women’s Participation in the Paid Labor Force in America
Gender Inequalities in Compensation
Socialization, Career Selection, and Career Paths
Interpersonal Discrimination in the Workplace
Structural Dimensions of Gender Discrimination
The Devaluation of “Women’s Work”
How Job Designs Discriminate
Strategies to Bridge the Care Gaps: International Comparisons
7. Race, Ethnicity, and Work: Legacies of the Past, Problems in the Present
Histories of Race, Ethnicity, and Work
African American Exceptionality
Magnitude of Racial Inequality in the New Economy
Intergenerational Transmission of Resources
Race, Ethnicity, and Economic Capital
Race, Ethnicity, and Human Capital
Race, Ethnicity, and Social Capital
Race, Ethnicity, and Cultural Capital
Geographic Distribution of Race and Work Opportunity
Racial Prejudice and Discrimination
Race, Ethnicity, and Work: Social Policy
8. Reshaping the Contours of the New Economy
Activist, Advocacy, and Interest Groups
Unions and Organized Labor
International Organizations and International Controls
Appendix: Legislative and Regulatory Time Line of Worker Rights and Protections in the United States