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Shifts in the Social Contract
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Shifts in the Social Contract
Understanding Change in American Society

  • Beth Rubin - University of North Carolina at Charlotte, USA


September 1995 | 224 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Examining the changes in society in the United States, Beth Rubin explains how the current era differs fundamentally from the post-World War Two period; how and why that change has occured; and what its meaning is to everyday life. She traces the changes from a domestic to a global economy, the transformation of the workplace, and the impact that these changes have had on how other people are experiencing social aspects of their lives: their families and interpersonal relations, their communities and their experience of the culture of mass society.
 
PART ONE: SOCIAL CHANGE IN THE TWENTIETH CENTURY
 
Society in Transition
 
The American Dream
Accord in the Post-World War II Era

 
 
End of a Century, End of an Era
 
Implications
 
PART TWO: FROM INDUSTRIAL ECONOMY TO FLEXIBLE ECONOMY
 
The Labor-Capital Accord
 
The Breakdown of the Accord
 
The Emerging Economy
 
Conclusions
 
PART THREE: WORK IN THE FLEXIBLE ECONOMY
 
Labor Market Segmentation
 
Work in the Accord Years
The Stable Workplace

 
 
Work in the Post-Accord Years
The Flexible Workplace

 
 
The Challenge to Education
 
Conclusions
 
PART FOUR: FLEXIBLE FAMILIES
 
From Pre-Industrial Families to Modern Families
 
Accord-Era Families
 
Forming Flexible Families
 
Conclusions
 
PART FIVE: THE CHANGING ROLE OF GOVERNMENT
 
Levels of Government Involvement
 
The Uninvolved State
 
The Involved State
 
The Distracted State
 
Conclusions
 
PART SIX: CULTURE IN A CHANGING WORLD
 
Culture
The Creation of Meaning

 
 
Forces of Cultural Change
 
Globalization and Cultural Change
 
Conclusions
 
PART SEVEN: TRANSITION TO THE FUTURE
 
The Decline of the Postwar Social Contract, Revisited
 
A New Era of Flexibility
 
Possible Worlds
 
Conclusions

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