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Wal Mart

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1. Functionalist questions a. What are the functions of Wal-Mart for society? Wal-Mart is an American multinational retail corporation and one of the leading discount department retail stores (Wikipedia). It is the highest- grossing company in the United States (Fortune 2008a), and is by far one of the most successful companies worldwide. Wal-Mart offers a place to buy the majority of our goods under one roof like electronics, furniture, clothing, pharmacy, sports, food, books etc. Wal-Mart sells good at lower price than the others and this is even shown by its slogan “save money, live better”. It drives out smaller and sometimes even the expensive stores out of business due to its lower prices. Wal-Mart provides jobs for thousands of…show more content…
However rather than Wal-Mart itself doing this it is the 'Wal-Mart effect’. The class inequalities are increased because of pressure on wages brought about by their outsourcing policies class. Whereas on the other hand gender inequality has increase as Wal-Mart provide flexible part time work which are found easily accessible by women because they are the primary workers in the home. This perpetuates racial inequalities in our society and pushes poor ethnic communities in a cycle of poverty. d. Does Wal-Mart contribute to conflict between unequal groups in our society? If so, how? Wal-Mart being one of the big company get its supplies cheaply and in a large quantity. This disables other supermarkets to compete with Wal-Mart. Where ever a Wal-Mart opens, many other stores close down because all their customers have been stolen by Wal-Mart. Wal-Mart doesn’t pay its employees enough money to support their families’ because the wages are not designed to support a family. Even though, it can afford wage increases they still don’t do it. e. How might Wal-Mart contribute to social change, or the amelioration of inequalities in society? Wal-Mart is an outlet store that provides access to high quality goods like food for families in poor areas. Wal-Mart could contribute to social change or the amelioration of inequalities in society which should become at least 10% of its net profit around the world in social donations. 3. Interactionist
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