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Lecture 2

SOC101Y1 Lecture Notes - Lecture 2: Pink-Collar Worker, Human Resources Development Canada, Saskia Sassen


Department
Sociology
Course Code
SOC101Y1
Professor
Paul Glavin
Lecture
2

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Lecture 2 Readings
POSTINDUSTRIAL SOCIETY
-social and economical changes has led to the thought that we have moved out of the
industrial era into a postindustrial society
-number of workers in factory was decreasing
-education, health, social welfare, entertainment, finance sectors was ris-
ing.
-white collar workers began to out number blue collar workers.
-Bell, argued that postindustrial societies would engage most workers in the production
and dissemination of knowledge rather than in goods productions as in industrial capi-
talism.
-industrialization had brought increased productivity and higher living standards,
post industrialization society would usher in an era of reduced concentration of
power
-this means power will not remain in the hands of a small group of individ-
uals
-knowledge workers (technicians, professionals, and scientists)
would become a large and important class
-Bell, felt that knowledge workers would become the elite of the
postindustrial age.
-Florida, like bell sees the shift from goods to knowledge as a crucial change
-suggests there are 3 classes of creativity
-creative class
-super creative core
-creative professionals
-Robert Reich, points out that knowledge economy offers great opportunities for well-
educated, creative workers
INDUSTRIAL RESTRUCTURING
-Joseph Schumpeter considered industrial restructuring a basic feature of capitalism
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