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Norman StreetPoverty and Politics in an Urban Neighborhood, Updated Edition$
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Ida Susser

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780195367317

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195367317.001.0001

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A Changing Workplace and Its Consequences

A Changing Workplace and Its Consequences

(p.104) Chapter 3 A Changing Workplace and Its Consequences
Norman Street

Ida Susser

Oxford University Press

This chapter crosses the boundary from statistical representation to the description of individual workers as they seek employment. Finding a job, working a short time, losing a job, and looking again form a part of the cycle of life in the neighborhood. The chapter describes the pervasive influence of the state in terms of state-sponsored work programs and the other major work alternative: the military. Frequently, the only work available in the neighborhood is in a government program where employment depends upon an individual's political usefulness. Through a consideration of the nature of work in Greenpoint–Williamsburg, the way employment precipitates far-reaching changes in the lives of individuals and the structure of the community can be understood.

Keywords:   employment, jobs, state-sponsored works programs, military, Greenpoint–Williamsburg, community structure, neighborhoods

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