Fast Food, Fast Track

Fast Food, Fast Track

Immigrants, Big Business, and the American Dream

Book - 2002
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Baker & Taylor
Teaches the important concepts of opposites with plenty of flaps to lift along the way.

Perseus Publishing
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 City’s 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.

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

& Taylor

Drawn from the author's personal experiences as she worked behind the counter and listened to fast-food immigrant workers in New York City's ethnic communities, a unique work of ethnography reveals how immigrant communities adapt to their surroundings and examines the relationship between globalizing forces like fast-food chains and the immigrant groups within some of our most diverse cities. 10,000 first printing.

Publisher: Boulder, Colo. : Westview Press, 2002
ISBN: 9780813398280
Branch Call Number: 331.62 TAL
Characteristics: viii, 230 p. : ill. ; 24 cm


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