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Gig
Americans Talk About Their Jobs
Edited by John Bowe, Marisa Bowe and Sabin Streeter

Gig
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Category: Social Science - Sociology
Imprint: Broadway Books
Format: Trade Paperback
Pub Date: August 2001
Price: $16.95
Can. Price: $21.00
ISBN: 978-0-609-80707-1 (0-609-80707-2)
Pages: 688
Also available as an eBook.



 
Taking their cue from Studs Terkel's book Working, the editors of word.com have produced a book that provides real insight into how people work and how they describe their jobs. Composed of more than 120 monologues Gig allows disparate people—from a wide variety of occupations and locations—to describe their day to day experiences in the office, on the street corner, or where ever their occupation places them. The jobs covered are sometimes outside of the mainstream (transvestite prostitute) and sometimes out of reach of all but a few (professional basketball player), but, taken as a whole, they create a portrait of employment in America that is devoid of agenda, abstraction, and theory.

The people in Gig speak of the constant and complex stresses that they are subjected to and the increasing importance of technology (and consequent increase in speed) that have become so much a part of the modern landscape. The picture that emerges is one a dedicated workers who throw themselves into coping with changes that were unimaginable thirty years ago. Some love their jobs, some don't, but the majority have, in different ways, adapted themselves to the new problems and opportunities that have emerged.

Table of Contents:

Acknowledgements


Introduction


Welcome
Wal-Mart Greeter

Workers and Managers
UPS Driver
Corporate Headhunter
Telemarketing Group Supervisor
Software Engineer
McDonald's Crew Member
Workfare Street Cleaner
Construction Forman
Steelworker
Ford Auto Worker
Slaugherhouse Human Resources Director
Chief Executive Officer
Temp

Goods and Services
Systems Administrator
Kinko's Co-Worker
Automobile Parts Specialist
Merchandise Handler
Corporate Identity Consultant
Clutter Consultant
Crime Scene Cleaner
Computer Chip Layout Designer
Tofu Manufacturer
Taxidermist
Bar Owner

Buyers and Sellers
Lemonade Salesmen
Hallmark Gift Shop Saleswoman
Gun Store Owner
Drug Dealer
Adhesives Company Sales Representative
Advertising Executive
Financial Advisor
Traveling Salesman
Hat Saleswoman

Transportation

Highway Flagger
Long-Haul Truck Driver
Gas Station Attendant
Bus Driver
Train Engineer
Flight Attendant

Plants and Animals
Campground Maintenance Worker
Lawn Maintenance Man
Florist
Dog Trainer
Research Biologist
Commercial Fisherman
Buffalo Rancher

Food
Poultry Factory Worker
Waitress
Smokehouse Pit Cooks
Diet Center Owner
Pretzel Vendor
Produce Stand Owner
Food Stylist

Media
Film Producer
Film Development Assistant
Film Director
Actress
Casting Director
Supermodel
Paparazzo
Journalist
Book Scout
Anchorwoman
Television Guest Coordinator
Television Station Receptionist

Artists and Entertainers
Songwriter
Advocate for Rappers
MC
Heavy Medal Roadie
A&R Executive
Painter
Art Mover
Web Content Producer
Carnival Worker
Video Game Designer
Comedian
Elvis Presley Interpreter

Sports and Gambling
High School Basketball Coach
Professional Hockey Player
Professional Snowboarder
Professional Basketball Player
Sports Agent
Squash Instructor
Bookie
Casino Surveillance Officer

Sex
Escort
Porn Star
Stripper
Adult Webmistress
Transvestite Prostitute

Children and Teachers
Labor-Support Doula
Mother
Toys "R" Us Marketing Executive
Second-Grade Teacher
High School Math Teacher
College Professor

Lawyers and the Law
Personal Injury Trial Lawyer
Corporate Securities Lawyer
Social Worker
FBI Agent
Border Patrol Agent
Homicide Detective
Bounty Hunter
Prisoner

Government and Military
Sailor
Army Psychological Operations Specialist
Air Force General
Environmental Protection Agency Specialist
Lobbyist
Public Utilities Specialist
Town Manager
City Planner
U.S. Congressman
Political Fund-Raiser

Bodies and Souls
Nurse
Anesthesiologist
Orthopedic Surgeon
Plastic Surgeon
Pharmaceutical Company Sales Representative
Psychiatric Rehabilitation Therapist
Medicine Woman
Minister
Palm Reader
Telephone Psychic
Funeral Home Director



AWARDS

 
WINNER - School Library Journal Adult Books for Young Adults



RELATED LINKS

 
Visit John Bowe's blog



ABOUT THE AUTHOR

 
Marisa Bowe is the founding editor-in-chief of Word, and Sabin Streeter is a senior editor. John Bowe is a freelance writer and filmmaker.





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