Socio Reader Ch 4 - 5 Notes.docx

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Department
Sociology
Course
SOCIOL 1
Professor
Chuck O' Connell
Semester
Winter

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4 A Life at Hard Labour Juliet SchorWorking hours under capitalism at their peak increased over 50 compared tomedievalMedieval work was from dawn to dusk but had frequent breaks in betweenPace of work below modern standardsTime units didnt exist no real idea of time savingFood consumption of labourers not enough to sustain a fast work pace need 3000caldayWork year full of holidays and ales marking important life eventsBackwardbending supply curve of labourwhen wages rise workers supply lesslabourAbsence of culture of consumptionaccumulationless interest opportunity to savemoneyUnavailability of goods lack of a middle classTextile industry faced economic crisiscapitalismreduction of wages andImplementation of work clockreplaced the sun as time measure controlledby employerTried to rebel but were threatened with fines and injunctionsEventually resigned to longer hours faster paced workEmployers used time to regulate labour clearly defined owners time andleisureWorking time became crucial economic variableraise hours in response tocompet
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