How the Other Half Works: Immigration & Social Organization

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März 2003



A beautifully written, clear portrait of how low-skilled workers in Los Angeles get jobs in six industries (department stores, restaurants, printing, hospitals, hotels, and furniture manufacturing). Grounded in the best research and interviews with more than 200 employers, this book show us the human dynamics behind the statistics.


Dedication Terms used in this book Chapter 1: Introduction Chapter 2: What Empoyers Want Chapter 3: Doing the Job: Skills and the Social Organization of Work Chapter 4: The Language of Work Chapter 5: Network, Bureaucracy, Exclusion Chapter 6: Ethnic Networks and Social Closure Chapter 7: Bringing the Boss Back In: Selection and Hiring Decisions Chapter 8: Whom Employers Want Chapter 9: Us and them Chapter 10: Diversity and Conflict Chapter 11: Black/Immigrant Competition Chapter 12: How the other half works Appendix: the Local and economic context The six industries Conclusions


Roger Waldinger is Professor and Chair of the Department of Sociology at the University of California, Los Angeles. He is author of Still the Promised City? African-Americans and New Immigrants in Post-industrial New York (1996), which won the Robert Park Award of the American Sociological Association, editor of Strangers at the Gates: New Immigrants in Urban America (California, 2001), and author of several other publications. Michael I. Lichter is Assistant Professor of Sociology, State University of New York at Buffalo.


"Waldinger and Lichter offer a lucid and penetrating look at the micro-social structure of hiring, firing, and earning in the modern, post-industrial economy. This book should be required reading for people who glibly use the term 'free market."'-Douglas S. Massey, Dorothy Swaine Thomas Professor of Sociology, University of Pennsylvania "In this masterpiece of field research into the social processes that structure America's economy, Waldinger and Lichter unveil the most original and powerful theory ever advanced to explain how "unskilled" immigrants have come to work at remarkably high rates while inner city blacks continue to languish. Like Wilson's When Work Disappears and Massey and Denton's American Apartheid, How the Other Half Works will set the stage for a new era of poverty research. In its focus on Los Angeles as the quintessential suburban metropolis and as an exemplar of multi-ethnic America, it may also one day be seen as the founding text in a new LA School of Urban Sociology."-Mitchell Duneier, author of Sidewalk and Slim's Table
EAN: 9780520231627
ISBN: 0520231627
Untertitel: New. Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: März 2003
Seitenanzahl: 299 Seiten
Format: kartoniert
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