"By studying labor markets, Jeffrey Sallaz investigates a field long neglected by the new economic sociology. He shows stupendously how the tools of economic sociology can be used for the analysis of labor. At the same time, he demonstrates how the analysis of labor under global capitalism enriches the conceptual toolkit of economic sociology."
Jens Beckert, Director, Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies
"In this age of neoliberal 'great transformation,' Sallaz skillfully provides an enticing and beautifully written account of a new 'critical economic sociology of labor' which draws on the most recent research. 'The embeddedness of labor within the social' is examined through the prisms of technology, globalization, regulatory agencies, the state, emotional labor, gift-making, and much more. This book will leave its mark on economic sociology, the sociology of work and industrial relations, and our understanding of inequality-generating processes, and I recommend it with enthusiasm."
Michèle Lamont, Harvard University
"Globalization has now exposed workers to the capricious forces of the unregulated market, rendering employment precarious, individualized, and increasingly redundant. The gross accumulation of wealth by the one percent, the impoverishment of millions of working people, and the destruction of social cohesion in the heartlands of capitalism have put in question an economic system that continues to be governed by the crude, and ultimately immoral, principles of love of gain and fear of loss of economic livelihood. Sallaz invites the reader to join the search for alternatives."
Kari Polanyi-Levitt, McGill Universityshow more