The Post-Industrialism Era

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The era of post-industrialism refers to a period of change where a society advances from a manufacturing base, to a society reliant on knowledge, services, and research. What emerges from the remains of the industrial society is a society based around services, contracts, precariousness, segmentation, and insecurity, etc. Divided are the prospects for this globalized, post-industrial society. People question who will benefit from this new era of globalization. Some view the post-industrial era as one that offers opportunities for the well-educated, creative, and young professional while others view it as an era involving less security, job deskilling and high levels of inequality (Krahn, Lowe, Hughes, 2008). If one of the main…show more content…
These limitations further exacerbate the problem of labour market polarization and inequality as a prerequisite to attaining such credentials is usually a head start such as a more advantaged family background and the money to do so. Despite Canadians’ levels of education, on average, the relative earnings of young Canadians have been falling over the past two decades. It is therefore apparent that industrial restructuring and new forms of labour market segmentation have disadvantaged younger workers. Regarding education, with increasing tuition costs there may be a reversal of the trend toward equality of educational opportunity that categorized the latter decades of the 20th century. The working poor, mainly single-headed households have become a larger group of the Canadian labour market. With declining levels of social assistance and such low minimum wages, these individuals (women) have become severely disadvantaged in terms of opportunity. There is little chance of them finding adequate employment and of being able to afford any form of post-secondary education that may better their chances. Other victims of inequality include recent immigrants and the non-recognition of their credentials. Over the past two decades, the average education of immigrants has risen but it appears to be taking longer for them to catch up to Canadian born
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