Why Nothing Works: The Anthropology of Daily Life (Touchstone Books (Paperback))
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Examines the changes taking place in modern America, and discusses shoddy workmanship, poor service, inflation, crime, and religious cults.
workforce in order to meet family needs. And if married women had to work, they should try not to compete with men and thereby cheapen the breadwinner’s wages. They ought to work at occupations and industries in which women predominated. Precisely these specifications characterize the jobs that went looking for women workers after World War II. As we have seen, the great bulk of the new jobs were of two types: low-level information-processing jobs such as file clerks, secretaries, typists, and
have children. But now that choice is “not as simple as it once seemed” because of the “unanticipated conflicts between the demands of the workplace and professional success on the one hand, and the demands of the family on the other.” Still laboring under the misapprehension that it was consciousness-raising by women’s liberationists that stirred the denizens of suburban concentration camps to go out and find jobs for themselves, Friedan now admits that the freedom supposedly won for women is
the open, one should also note that blacks themselves proportionately suffer more from violent crimes than do whites. Poor blacks for example are twenty-five times more likely than wealthy whites to be a victim of a robbery resulting in injury, and the ratio of black homicide victims to white homicide victims is eight to one. In fact, homicide is the ranking killer of black males between fifteen and twenty-four years of age. More black males die from homicide than from motor vehicle accidents,
claims the increases come from God and that they are the fruits of “a reawakening of religious spirit.” The police claim they come from a “Ponzi scheme”—a swindle named after a Boston con artist who paid early investors 50 percent interest out of the principal supplied by a rapidly broadening base of later investors. At celebrations held in cavernous old movie theaters, Hakeem exhorts his congregation to banish all doubts and negative thinking. Like the Yurok of old, as the crowd feels the spirit
their problems. Congressman Ryan arrived in Jonestown with a congressional aide, representatives of the news media, including a crew from NBC’s Today show, and a delegation of concerned relatives. Fifteen Temple members asked to leave with Ryan’s party. Jones decided that he had no alternative but to order his hit men into action. From the tapes which Jones left behind and from the eyewitness accounts of a handful of survivors it is clear that some of the people of Jonestown did not take their