Fast Food, Fast Track? Immigrants, Big Business, and the American Dream by Jennifer Talwar

No critic rating

Waiting for minimum critic reviews

See 2 Critic Reviews

unrated

Synopsis

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.
 

About Jennifer Talwar

See more books from this Author
Talwar is an assistant professor of sociology at Penn State.
 
Published August 1, 2003 by Westview Press. 240 pages
Genres: Business & Economics, Political & Social Sciences, Travel. Non-fiction

Unrated Critic Reviews for Fast Food, Fast Track? Immigrants, Big Business, and the American Dream

Publishers Weekly

See more reviews from this publication

Talwar, a sociology professor at Penn State–Berks Lehigh Valley, took a job in a Brooklyn, N.Y., Burger King to study the recent flood of immigrant employees in fast food restaurants. She al

Feb 25 2002 | Read Full Review of Fast Food, Fast Track? Immigr...

Publishers Weekly

See more reviews from this publication

While she provides an unusual inside look at the pan-ethnic environment, hierarchies and racial conflicts of immigrant neighborhood fast food chains, her approach, as well as her sometimes facile observations ("It is interesting that [recent Chinese immigrants] Paul and Tina view McDonald's as fo...

| Read Full Review of Fast Food, Fast Track? Immigr...

Rate this book!

Add Review
×