Consuming work : youth labor in America /
Yasemin Besen-Cassino.
Philadelphia : Temple University Press, 2014.
x, 188 pages : ill. ; 23 cm
9781439909485 (cloth : alk. paper), 9781439909492 (pbk. : alk. paper), 9781439909508 (e-book)
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Philadelphia : Temple University Press, 2014.
9781439909485 (cloth : alk. paper)
9781439909492 (pbk. : alk. paper)
9781439909508 (e-book)
contents note
Acknowledgements -- Consuming work : introduction to youth work in America -- Would you like a job application with your coffee? -- Fun or exploitation? : the lived experience of suburban youth work -- Pay or play? : the youth labor labor force in the United States and other industrialized countries -- "They need me here" : work as a perceived alternative to school -- "White, young, middle-class" : aesthetic labor, race and class in the youth labor force -- Origins of the gender wage gap : gender differences in the youth labor force -- Conclusion: the economic recession and the future of youth labor -- Appendix: notes on methodology.
"Youth labor is an important element in our modern economy, but as students’ consumption habits have changed, so too have their reasons for working. In Consuming Work, Yasemin Besen-Cassino reveals that many American high school and college students work for social reasons, not monetary gain. Most are affluent, suburban, white youth employed in part-time jobs at places like the Coffee Bean so they can be associated with a cool brand, hang out with their friends, and get discounts. Consuming Work offers a fascinating picture of youth at work and how jobs are marketed to these students. Besen-Cassino also shows how the roots of gender and class inequality in the labor force have their beginnings in this critical labor sector. Exploring the social meaning of youth at work, and providing critical insights into labor and the youth workforce, Consuming Work contributes a deeper understanding of the changing nature of American labor."--Publisherʹs website.
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 163-183) and index.

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