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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

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

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195367317.003.0003

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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