Discuss the key issues brought up in the first half of the Ehrenreich book. You are asked to tie her research into sociological research on work: which theoretical perspective would her work most likely fit into? How did she do her research and what were the strengths of this approach? What were her limitations? With what you have read so far, describe how the American economy looks from the perspective of low wage workers?© BrainMass Inc. brainmass.com October 25, 2018, 6:13 am ad1c9bdddf
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As you discuss the key issues brought up in the first half of the Ehrenreich book, the fact that millions of Americans work full-time for poverty-caliber wages is inhumane as well as insulting to them as well as our nation: "land of the free." It is hypocritical to think that we are empowering people in our land of the American Dream when such blatant socioeconomic gaps exist. As a woman, I appreciate how she also demonstrates the demeaning and sexist ways in which lower wage working women are treated.
She also exposes the true realities about the job hunt, as she suggests in Chapter I, "the want ads are not a reliable measure of the actual jobs available at any particular time."
I also feel like she also illustrates in Chapter 2 how a capitalistic/chauvinistic type facade exists for the wealthy as her ...
Key issues in the first half of the Ehrenreich book are summarized briefly.
America is a fat nation in which almost 2/3rds of all Americans are overweight. This national weight problem is causing a variety of severe health problems in both adults and children. For example, four percent of adolescents now have Type II diabetes (which typically never effects youths).
Among the reasons for this problem are the decline of the family dinner, the popularity of computers/videogames, increased technology (reducing movement), increased food processing that adds sugar (sugar is the number one food additive which is now included in foods such as bread, lunchmeat, canned vegetables, and mayonnaise), and consumers eating out more. Whatever the reason, Americans are now eating 500 more calories a day now than they were back in 1984.
Several actions of marketers are contributing to this problem. First, many fast food restaurants now offer super-size portions. McDonald's original meal of a 12 ounce Coke, small fries and a hamburger provided 590 calories while their supersize Extra Value Meal of a Quarter Pounder with Cheese, supersize fries and drink is a 1,550 calories. Restaurants have found that its more profitable to make larger portions. By bundling meals, restaurants sell more and consumers feel they are getting a greater value. Second, junk food is now sold everywhere, particularly in schools. Third, food companies spend tremendous amounts on advertising, $1.54 billion annually promoting prepared, processed, and convenience foods.
Discuss some of the ethical issues brought up by this article. How about the consumer's responsibility?View Full Posting Details