PREREQ: 3 COURSES IN SOCIOLOGY, INCLUDING SOC-UA.0001, SOC-UA.0002, OR SOC-UA.0003, OR PERMISSION OF INSTRUCTOR.
This seminar investigates the relationship between self and work. People spend an enormous amount of their time working throughout the course of their lives. How does that shape the ways they think about themselves and act in the workplace and beyond? The questions we will discuss in the seminar include: How are work-cultures – such as the “empowerment culture” of Trader Joe’s – produced and sustained by managers and workers? What effects do such work cultures have for the experience of working? What are the cultural underpinnings of the American work ethic? How do people in different cultures work, and why? And, how does the way we work impact our family and love life?
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