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The Resource Inside toyland : working, shopping, and social inequality, Christine L. Williams, (electronic resource)

Inside toyland : working, shopping, and social inequality, Christine L. Williams, (electronic resource)

Label
Inside toyland : working, shopping, and social inequality
Title
Inside toyland
Title remainder
working, shopping, and social inequality
Statement of responsibility
Christine L. Williams
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"I got my first job working in a toy store when I was 41 years old." So begins sociologist Christine Williams's description of her stint as a low-wage worker at two national toy store chains: one upscale shop and one big box outlet. In this provocative, perceptive, and lively book, studded with rich observations from the shop floor, Williams chronicles her experiences as a cashier, salesperson, and stocker and provides broad-ranging, often startling, insights into the social impact of shopping for toys. Taking a new look at what selling and buying for kids are all about, she illuminates the politics of how we shop, exposes the realities of low-wage retail work, and discovers how class, race, and gender manifest and reproduce themselves in our shopping-mall culture. Despite their differences, Williams finds that both toy stores perpetuate social inequality in a variety of ways. She observes that workers are often assigned to different tasks and functions on the basis of gender and race; that racial dynamics between black staff and white customers can play out in complex and intense ways; that unions can't protect workers from harassment from supervisors or demeaning customers even in the upscale toy store. And she discovers how lessons that adults teach to children about shopping can legitimize economic and social hierarchies. In the end, however, Inside Toyland is not an anticonsumer diatribe. Williams discusses specific changes in labor law and in the organization of the retail industry that can better promote social justice
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1959-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Williams, Christine L.
Dewey number
381/.4568872/0973
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Toy industry
  • Clerks (Retail trade)
  • Discrimination in employment
  • Consumers
  • Equality
  • Social responsibility of business
  • Social justice
Label
Inside toyland : working, shopping, and social inequality, Christine L. Williams, (electronic resource)
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 225-235) and index
Contents
A sociologist inside toy stores -- History of toy shopping in America -- The social organization of toy stores -- Inequality on the shopping floor -- Kids in toyland -- Toys and citizenship
Control code
ocn816496614
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780520939493
Note
eBooks on EBSCOhost
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)816496614
Label
Inside toyland : working, shopping, and social inequality, Christine L. Williams, (electronic resource)
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 225-235) and index
Contents
A sociologist inside toy stores -- History of toy shopping in America -- The social organization of toy stores -- Inequality on the shopping floor -- Kids in toyland -- Toys and citizenship
Control code
ocn816496614
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780520939493
Note
eBooks on EBSCOhost
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)816496614

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