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Created: June 16, 2004
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Index of Topics on Site The Up Side of Outsourcing

  1. Introduction Why I chose to share this reading.
  2. Focus: Main point of this reading.
  3. Reading Full identification of source for reading AND excerpt.
  4. Concepts: Concepts and Key Words.
  5. Discussion Discussion questions.
  6. Conceptual Linking to Substantive Courses What this has to do with our class.

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  • Outsourcing is bringing with it a paradigmatic shift in the status of worker in the U.S. and the world. Most of our discussion has focused on the plight of the outsourced worker, in keeping with our study of oppression and the oppressed. But there is an upside to "outsouring." This advertisement (which we in NO WAY endorse) describes that upside in glowing terms. Oddly enough, the advertisement presents both sides of the argument, albeit in a superficial manner. Mostly, like all advertisements, it appeals to instrumental discourse to persuade you to buy its services.


  • After sharing these readings, I would like you to come away with the ability to take either side of the outsourcing argument, the harmed worker, the company that can lower its costs of production and raise its profits.

Concepts and Key Words:

  • outsourcing -
  • privatization -
  • paradigmatic shift -
  • enterprise liability -
  • cost of doing business -
  • corporate management and leadership ethics - "We need managers who love their work, their organizations, and the people whose lives they affect. We need leaders and managers who appreciate management as a moral and ethical undertaking. We need leaders who combine hard-headed realism with passionate commitment to larger values and purposes." Bolman and Deal, at p. xvi.
  • one-sided, two-sided argument
  • well-educated -


  • How 56-year-old Michael Bellington Got Fired by Saddam Hussein A Web Advertisement on Outsourcing. It's the single biggest threat to American business. Backup
    "This warning could save your family fortune... And make you very rich at the same time."

  • The one-sided, two-sided argument in attitude and persuasion theory.

  • Investment Scams / Stock Scam Fraud / Boiler Rooms: Crimes of Persuasion

    In 1980, the number of Americans who owned securities, either directly or through mutual funds or indirectly through pension funds, was one out of eighteen. By 1999 the number was one in three.

    With the wider participation and acceptance of the public in the securities markets, the capacity for harm to the general public has increased. Now more than ever, the impact of securities fraud extends beyond just the wealthy."

Discussion Questions:

  1. Why would the corporate advertisement present a two-sided argument when we know that two-sided arguments are most effective with those who are well-educated?

    Consider whether the average investor is "well educated." Consider in that issue what "well-educated" means in the dominant discourse of the tenty-first century. Consider that we have taken a turn towards "certification" instead of liberal arts education in the sense of critical analysis of many of the world's great learning achievements. You may have a degree, but are you "educated?"

  2. How many scam investment opportunities are available on the Web?

Conceptual Linking to Substantive Courses:

  • Agencies:
    Sample linking: Ways in which underlying assumptions of assimilation affect services offered and clients' ability to access and use those services. How does this reading illustrate the need for social agencies, for more generalized agencies, for what Bolman and Deal would call "leadership" AND "management"? How does this reading suggest ways in which we could be more effective in rendering help, and what is the reading's relationship to a "safety net" for those who need help?

  • Criminal Justice:
    Sample linking: Ways in which some groups are underrepresented in the unstated assumptions of our theories. How does this reading serve to illustrate adversarialism, mutuality, retribution, revenge, illocutionary understanding, the definition and operation of the criminal justice system?

  • Law:
    Sample linking: Extent to which laws are made on the assumption that we are all essentially assimilated to the dominant culture. How does this reading help us see the need for contextual readings in law? How does it relate to our natural instincts to seek some kind of natural law? What facts and principles does the reading offer for discourse that could clarify for Others validity claims presented by an Obscure Other?

  • Moot Court:
    Sample linking: Ways in which to make validty claims of harm understood by those who have never experienced many of the world's different perspectives. How can this reading enlighten our praxis in terms of different kinds of discourse, like instrumental, illocutionary, governance?

  • Women in Poverty:
    Sample linking: The culture of poverty and assimilation. How does the reading deal with our underlying assumptions about poverty, especially poverty of the exploited, the NOT- male? What does the reading suggest of the interrelationship between our society and its children, generally cared for by women, often poor?

  • Race, Gender, Class:
    Sample linking: The extent to which silence has been imposed by these affiliations so that domination and discrimination have entered our unstated assumptions in interpersonal relations and the structural context arising from them. What does the reading tell us about exploitation and alternative ways to deal with one another? What does it tell us about institutionalized -isms and our denial of complicity? What does it tell us about our common humanity?

  • Religion:
    Sample linking: The spiritual component. Humans are spiritual creatures, creatures that recognize moments that go beyond ourselves to God, Allah, Isis, Gaia, the Universe, or a deep sense of responsibility to create our own meanng. How does the reading fit into our ability, our need to create such meaning in life?

  • Love !A:
    Sample linking: What's the aesthetic link in this reading? How does it bring us closer to one another as humans? What does it tell us about our need for love, unconditional love, not rewards for doing well or being well, but caring and acceptance for being who we are?

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