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Economy and Work

In this lesson, you will understand why work is a classic topic of sociological inquiry: it is a fulcrum point between the micro and the macro and a link between the individual and the social. You will see the connection between your life’s everyday conditions on the job and the broader structural changes related to history, technology, and the economic system you work in. You will become familiar with the classic and more recent sociological studies in this area and how they have shaped our ways of thinking about the social world of economy and work. In this lesson, we look at issues regarding the economy, focusing specifically on work because the economy shapes the types of work available and our patterns of working.


Be sure to hand these in before the deadline

  • InQuizitive Chapter Set 11 (Thursday at 9:30am)

  • Divorce Case Study (Sunday at 10:00pm)

  • American Factory 美国工𠂆 reflection (Sunday at 10:00pm)


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Discuss (Thursday during class):

American Factory 美国工𠂆

Image from film

American Factory 美国工𠂆 documents the revitalization of one long-shuttered factory in Dayton, Ohio, while providing a startling glimpse into the economic overhaul happening in towns and cities across the country — and the world. link

We will use the documentary film American Factory 美国工𠂆 as an opportunity to explore the sociology of work. We will watch it together during class.

  • Be sure to have the movie ready to go at the start of class.

  • Login to the course Slack by 9:45am and say hi to your group!


If you have any questions at all about what you are supposed to do on this lesson, please remember I am here to help. Reach out any time so I can support your success.

Lesson Keywords

  • Agricultural Revolution

  • Industrial Revolution

  • information Revolution

  • Knowledge work

  • Service work

  • Resistance strategies

  • Union

  • Sweatshop

  • Outsourcing

  • Contigent workforce

The least you need to know

Theoretical perspectives on social class

Table 1 from Chapter 7 in the textbook