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Fast Food, Fast Track : Immigrants, Big Business, And The American Dream - Jennifer Parker Talwar

Fast Food, Fast Track

Immigrants, Big Business, And The American Dream

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Published: 1st August 2003
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No longer just pocket money for American teens, wages paid by multinational fast-food chains are going to a new generation of order-takers, burger-flippers, and basket-fryersnewly arrived immigrants. Hailing from China, the Caribbean, Latin America, and India, a colorful sea of faces has taken its place behind one of the most ubiquitous American business institutions the fast-food counter. They have become a vital link between the growing service sector in our cities ethnic enclaves and the multi-billion dollar global fast-food industry. For four years, sociologist Jennifer Parker Talwar went behind the counter herself and listened to immigrant fast-food workers in New York Citys ethnic communities. They talked about balancing their low-paying jobs and monotonous daily reality with keeping the faith that these very jobs could be the first step on the path to the American Dream. In this original and compelling work of ethnography, Talwar shows that contrary to those arguing that the fast-food industry only represents an increasing homogenization of the American workforce, fast-food chains in immigrant communities must and do adapt to their surroundings.

Searching for the American Dreamp. 1
It's in the Neighborhood: Race, Place, and the Importance of Culturep. 17
Word of Mouth and Getting Your Foot in the Door: Qualifications, Recruitment, and the Path to a Fast Food Jobp. 53
Day Off, Nothing! the Work's Got to Be Done: Flexibility and Work Timep. 69
Pop-O-Matic Grills and Redefining Skill: Technologies and Divisions of Laborp. 81
It's Hard to Get These Kids to Smile: Managing the Fast Food Personalityp. 97
Problems on the United Nations Team: Ethnic Conflicts and Interactionsp. 119
Up the Lad Dor or Down: a Question of Mobilityp. 147
Flipping Burgers in a Melting Pot? Looking Ahead to a More Multicultural Societyp. 183
Notesp. 195
The Respondentsp. 215
Indexp. 219
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ISBN: 9780813341552
ISBN-10: 0813341558
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 243
Published: 1st August 2003
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 1.4
Weight (kg): 0.34
Edition Number: 1