An Introduction to the Sociology of Work and Occupations
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An Introduction to the Sociology of Work and Occupations

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With new, in-depth chapters on both globalization and technology, The Sociology of Work and Occupations, Second Edition connects work and occupations to the key subjects of sociological inquiry: social and technological change, race, ethnicity, gender, social class, education, social networks, and modes of organization. In 15 chapters, Rudi Volti succinctly but comprehensively covers the changes in the world of work, encompassing everything from hunting and gathering to work in today's Information Age.





New to the Second Edition:





* increased historical coverage with emphasis on current trends


* new figures, tables, and statistical data


* the chapter on globalization and technology has been split into two separate chapters in order to provide expanded coverage of two of the most important forces shaping work and occupations today


* expanded coverage of unionization, the sources of worker satisfaction and dissatisfaction, and the ongoing significance of race, ethnicity, and gender





Key Features:





* covers economic, technological, and social history, showing students how work and occupations have evolved over time


* vividly illustrates how different segments of society have been affected by profound changes in work and its social environment


* each chapter focuses on a core aspect of work and connects it to key sociological themes, topics, and issues


* weaves discussions of globalization and technological change and their relationship to work throughout the text


* end-of-chapter questions promote classroom debate and reflection
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Product details

  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 177 x 254 x 22.86mm | 540g
  • Thousand Oaks, United States
  • English
  • Revised
  • 2nd Revised edition
  • 1412992850
  • 9781412992855
  • 1,108,912

Table of contents

Introduction
Acknowledgments
About the Author
1 Work before Industrialization
2 The Organization of Work in Preindustrial Times
3 Industrialization and Its Consequences
4 Bureaucratic Organization
5 Technology and Work
6 Globalization
7 Getting a Job
8 Workplace Culture and Socialization
9 Professions and Professionalization
10 Who Gets What?
11 Work and Its Rewards
12 The Perils and Pressures of Work
13 Diversity in the Workplace
14 Work Roles and Life Roles
15 Conclusion
Glossary
Index
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Review quote

"In 15 chapters, Rudi Volti, succinctly but comprehensively covers the changes in the world of work, encompassing everything from gathering and hunting to working in today's Information Age." -- SirReadaLot.org * SirReadaLot.org * "I really appreciate the fact that Volti's text is well-written and very accessible to undergraduate students." -- Judi Kessler "The book's strengths are the depth of historical analysis punctuated by statistics and relevant references, its nice, easy-to-read flow, and its subtle sense of humor. Volti's book covers all the important aspects of work." -- Elena Gabor "The discussion of jobs, human capital, and credentials is practical and engaging!" -- Deborah Barnes-Drummond
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About Rudi R. Volti

Rudi Volti is Emeritus Professor Sociology at Pitzer College, where he taught courses on the sociology of work and occupations, economic sociology, technology and society, and complex organizations. He currently serves as book review editor for Transfers: The Journal of Interdisciplinary Mobility Studies.
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