Chapter Study Objectives

Historical and Economic Changes

  • Compare and contrast hunting and gathering societies with horticultural societies.
  • Identify the key characteristics of the Agricultural Revolution, the Industrial Revolution, and the Information Revolution.

Economic Systems: Comparing Capitalism and Socialism

  • Compare and contrast the economic systems of capitalism, socialism, and communism.
  • Explain how the United States would be classified according to these systems.

The Nature of Industrial and Postindustrial Work

  • Compare and contrast industrial work, postindustrial service work, and postindustrial knowledge work.
  • Explain why Marx believed that workers in capitalist societies experience alienation.
  • Identify some of the positive and negative aspects of telecommuting.

Individual and Collective Resistance Strategies: How Workers Cope

  • Explain some of the individual and collective resistance strategies identified in the text.
  • Explain the ways that unions can benefit workers.

The Best of Corporate America

  • Explain how several corporations came together after the terrorist attacks of September 11th to assist Sandler O’Neill and Partners.

Globalization, Economics, and Work

  • Explain globalization and identify the factors that have fostered it.
  • Explain the difference between shallow and deep integration.
  • Identify the positives and negatives of using sweatshop labor.
  • Explain the costs and benefits of outsourcing for businesses and individuals.

Alternative Ways of Working

  • Explain why the contingent workforce of temps, freelancers, and independent contractors continues to grow each year in the United States.
  • Explain the Third Sector of the U.S. economy.