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Work, Consumption and Poverty in Global Capitalism.docx

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Carleton University
SOCI 1002
Tamy Superle

thSociology NotesFebruary 6Generation Y 1980s to 2000 is the first generation that is like to end up worse financially than their parents WorkActivity involving mental or physical effort done in order to achieve a result a task or tasks to be undertakenWork occupies a central role in our lives is necessary for survivalWork is a social constructthe way in which work is presently organized is not inevitable It can be questioned and transformedPeople seek meaning in their work Quality not quantity EconomyThe social institution in which people carry out the production distribution and consumption of goods and services IndustrializationFactory system of production facilitated capitalist production shaping the way people worked and livedmovement of work from homes and workshops to factoriesTime discipline More specialized division of labour Departure of men from homes and families CapitalismWorlds dominant economic systemPrivate ownership of propertyCompetition in pursuit of profit Democratic system ConsumerismEconomic policies place emphasis on consumptionEncouraging the buying consumer goods Can money buy happinessOne research project argues that because wealth allows people to experience the best that life has to offer it ultimately undermines their ability to savour lifes litte pleasures
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