After doing research I found an article that is relevant to my topic for essay 4. White-collar work and blue-collar work is reshaping the way we think about their specific skills. According to the article “Managing White-Collar Work: An Operations-Oriented Survey,” by Hopp in 2009, he defines white-collar work as “salaried office workers” or “non-manual laborers”(Hopp, 2009, p. 2). They characterize white collar work as the “management” type and blue-collar work as “machining”(Hopp, 2009, p. 2). “White-collar tasks involve significant use of knowledge in generating ideas, process, and solutions, while blue-collar tasks consist primarily of physical transformation”(Hopp, 2009, p. 2). This article characterizes the stereotypes given to being a white-collar worker and a blue-collar worker.
Hopp, W. J., Iravani, S. R., & Liu, F. (2009). Managing White-Collar Work: An Operations-Oriented Survey. Production & Operations Management, 18(1), 1-32. doi:10.1111/j.1937-5956.2009.01002.x
I will write about the stereotypes between the white-collar work and manual work. First talking about the definition of each then comparing the stereotypes. The providing counterexamples by giving facts and stats about people who work in these types of works. Talk about the social scripts about each type of work and where it came from. The different attitudes and discuss if they are accurate. Provide images of what white-collar work and manual work is characterized as. Then talk about the relationship between work and social class by pulling information from the readings. Also, talk about the relationship between work and education. Use examples from “The Case for Working with Your Hands” by Crawford and some of my personal experience. For example, talking about how high schools are taking away the shop classes and added more college readiness classes. Provide facts about how this affects students. talk about the skills you learn for trade work. compare the skills of trade school and college. Give facts about the statistics of people with their masters and what job they have compared to trade work people? what are the educational scripts: Parents and teachers telling students that the only way to prove your academic credentials is to go to college and get a degree? Then talk about how these educational scripts can be rewritten: bring back shop classes, have students try out trade internships, provide trade school options to students? Talk about how each type of work is important
There are different types of work including manual work and white-collar work
each type of work is equally important; however, manual work is looked down at because of the stereotypes that characterize them
however, you can learn a lot through trade work that you sometimes cant learn in college
People in manual work are victims of cultural stereotypes
the stereotypes include not being well educated
There are pros to working in a trade work
include the skills and experience you learn
there is a relationship between work and education
for example, high schools are eliminating their shop classes and adding more college readiness classes.
there are ways these social scripts and cultural norms can be rewritten
for example by bringing back shop classes and giving more options for students.
After reflecting on my family’s experiences of work, I understand that there is a relationship between work and intelligence or social class. For example, my parent works at a store that sells fresh produces. At the storefront you see the fresh fruits and vegetables laid out, but how they got there was through many workers going out to the field to pick the foods. This is a demanding job because the store delivers to consumers and so certain food items must be correctly placed in certain boxes. There may be some issues such as working out in the sun picking foods, but from what I notice, the workers are treated equally. Most of the workers there are older and some come from families with low-income, but it doesn’t affect how they are treated. They are treated equally because their work environment is near the storefront. So the public is able to see them work and the customers are encouraged to come out to the field to help pick the fruits and vegetables. Because the customers see the work environment, the business provides the workers with a decent work condition.
After doing research on issues of eviction and homelessness in my hometown, I found little information on the town I live in. Instead, I did research on the city as a whole. Hawaii is among the states with the highest rates of homelessness. More than 50 out of every 10,000 Hawaii residents are homeless. The growing number of homelessness is causing officials to evict them off sidewalks and streets, which is a problem because they move and group to other places around the city. Hawaii has also a high percentage of people that rent their homes. This is a problem because Hawaii’s rent is increasing and it is the 11-highest among cities across the nation. The median rent for a one-bedroom in Honolulu is now $1,750. That’s up about 2.9 percent since 2015. The research I found is similar to the ideas in “Home and Hope” because the people who live in neighborhoods who spend more of their income on rent had higher eviction rates than those who don’t.