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Fast Food, Fast Track - Immigrants, Big Business, and the American Dream (Hardcover)
Fast Food, Fast Track - Immigrants, Big Business, and the American Dream (Hardcover): Jennifer Parker Talwar
Fast Food, Fast Track - Immigrants, Big Business, and the American Dream (Hardcover): Jennifer Parker Talwar

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Fast Food, Fast Track - Immigrants, Big Business, and the American Dream (Hardcover)

Jennifer Parker Talwar

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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-fryers newly 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. Rather than focusing on how ethnic communities become relatively sealed off from the larger economy, Talwar explores the interplay between globalizing mainstream forces like fast-food chains and the immigrant communities of our largest and most diverse cities.

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Imprint: WestviewPress
Country of origin: United States
Release date: 2002
Authors: Jennifer Parker Talwar
Dimensions: 229 x 153 x 22mm (L x W x T)
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 240
ISBN-13: 978-0-8133-9828-0
Barcode: 9780813398280
Categories: Books > Social sciences > Sociology, social studies > Ethnic studies
Books > Social sciences > Sociology, social studies > Ethnic studies > General
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Books > Social sciences > Sociology, social studies > Population & demography > Immigration & emigration
Books > Social sciences > Sociology, social studies > Social groups & communities > Urban communities
Books > Social sciences > Sociology, social studies > Social institutions > Work & labour
Books > Business & Economics > Industry & industrial studies > Service industries > Hospitality industry > Hotel & catering trades
Books > Reference & Interdisciplinary > Interdisciplinary studies > Globalization
LSN: 0-8133-9828-2

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