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    DescriptionThe 1990s were years of turmoil and transformation in American work experiences and employment relationships. Trends including the growth of contingent labor, the erosion of the stable employment contract, the restructuring of jobs and companies, and the emergence of opportunity-enhancing employee participation programs reconfigured occupations, career paths, and labor market opportunities. Vicki Smith analyzes this shift, asking how workers navigated their way across the divide between bad jobs and good jobs, between jobs organized hierarchically and jobs requiring greater worker involvement, and between temporary and stable work.Crossing the Great Divide uses original case study data from four diverse organizational settings around the country. Smith compares the situations of nonunionized, white-collar workers at a photocopy service firm; unionized blue-collar workers in a wood-products processing factory; temporary assemblers and clerical workers in a high-tech firm; and unemployed managers, technical workers, and professionals participating in a job search club. The very different experiences revealed in Crossing the Great Divide highlight the way diverse new relationships between companies and their employees play out in workplaces, where new forms of work organization simultaneously create opportunity, instability, and risk for workers. Smith's goal is to construct a new framework of employment that accommodates the unpredictability and turbulence of the 21st century, but that is also "characterized at its core by attachment, reward, protection, commitment, and dignity."

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    Crossing the Great Divide
    Worker Risk and Opportunity in the New Economy
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Vicki Smith
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 240
    Width: 158 mm
    Height: 225 mm
    Thickness: 15 mm
    Weight: 327 g
    ISBN 13: 9780801488122
    ISBN 10: 0801488125

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 27820
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1KBB
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: SOC
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S3.2
    BIC subject category V2: KNXB, JHBL
    Ingram Subject Code: BE
    B&T General Subject: 650
    Libri: I-BE
    BISAC V2.8: POL023000
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    LC classification: HC
    BISAC V2.8: POL013000, BUS038000, BUS000000
    BIC subject category V2: 1KBB
    Thema V1.0: KNX, JHBL
    Cornell University Press
    Imprint name
    Cornell University Press
    Publication date
    01 September 2002
    Publication City/Country
    Review quote
    "In Crossing the Great Divide, Vicki Smith documents the resignation of workers to a corporate-controlled economic order in which they are inherently disposable commodities. At the same time as she uncovers a lack of solidaristic social movements and other alternatives that challenge the status quo, Smith depicts the almost desperate desire of workers to find meaning and hope in the workplace. Fascinating and beautifully written, I can't think of another book like this." Ruth Milkman, University of California, Los Angeles"