The Sociology of Work

The Sociology of Work : An Introduction

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This successful textbook on the sociology of work is now available in a new and updated edition. In addition to the wide range of contemporary and historical material, the second edition now has a number of new sections including a chapter on work in the global context. The empirical material has been extensively revised, making it the most up-to-date introduction to the area currently available.The Sociology of Work examines the nature of work in its more traditional guises as industrial sociology and the labor process, and in the wider context of unpaid labor. The book emphasizes the links between social processes and the institutions of employment and their domestic and social contexts. The significance of race, gender and class is fully explored, as well as changes in organizational structure and the significance of new technology. In addition, the book has been fully redesigned, and contains a number of new student features to interest and guide the reader as well as an attractive and clear lay-out. This book will be indispensable for students and teachers of the sociology of work, industrial sociology, organizational behavior and industrial relations. The third edition of this best-selling textbook has been carefully revised to provide an up-to-date, indispensable introduction to the sociology of work. It not only includes clear explanations of classic theories and evidence, but also covers the most cutting-edge research, data, and debates. In addition to being revised throughout, the book contains substantive new sections on globalisation, including global branding and slave labour, and a new chapter on the myths and realities of modern employment. Chapter-by-chapter, Keith Grint examines different sociological approaches to work, emphasising the links between social processes, the institutions of employment, and their social and domestic contexts. His use of an international range of empirical evidence helps to make his account especially accessible to undergraduate readers. The book has been specially designed to support students' understanding, and to develop their critical responses to the literature. Written in a lively and accessible style, it provides student-friendly chapter summaries, suggestions for further reading, a glossary and practice essay questions. This third edition will be essential reading for students of the sociology of work, industrial sociology, organisational behaviour and industrial relations. Students studying business and management courses with a sociological component will also find the book more

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  • Hardback | 400 pages
  • 172 x 244 x 25.4mm | 826g
  • Polity Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Revised
  • 2nd Revised edition
  • 0
  • 0745620566
  • 9780745620565

Table of contents

List of Tables. List of Figures. Preface. Introduction. Part I: What is Work? Introduction. Problems of Definition. Working Beyond the Contemporary West. Historical Rhetorics of Work: Views from Above and Below. Radical Approaches to Work. Contemporary Western Orientations to Work. Domestic Labour. Unemployment. Summary. Exam/Essay Questions. Further Reading. Part II: Work in Historical Perspective:Introduction. Pre-Industrial Work. The Transitions from Feudalism to Proto-Industrialization. Factories and Technological Change. Occupational Change. Work, the Family and Gender. The Rise of Trade Unionism. State Intervention and the Factory Acts. The State and the Development of Clerical Labour. Women, Work and War. Summary. Exam/Essay Questions. Further Reading. Part III: Classical Approaches to Work: Marx, Weber and Durkheim:Introduction. Marx and Capitalism. Durkheim and Industrial Society. Weber. Summary. Exam/Essay Questions. Part IV: Contemporary Theories of Work Organization:Introduction. Coercion. Paternalism. Lenin. Human Relations. Neo-Human Relations. Organizational Cultures. Critical Theories. Systems Theories. Contingency Theory. Action Theory. Population Ecology Theory. Political Organizational Theories. Foucault and Post-Modernism. Actor Networks. Institutional Theory. Summary. Exam/Essay Questions. Further Reading. Part V: Class, Industrial Conflict and the Labour Process:Introduction. Theoretical Approaches to Class. Class, Wealth and Income. Class, Occupation and Inequality. Class, Trade Unions and Revolution. British Trade Unions and Labourism. Class and Industrial Action. Accounting for Industrial Action. Marx, Taylorism and the Capitalist Labour Process. Braverman and the Labour Process. Summary. Exam/Essay Questions. Further Reading. Part VI: Gender, Patriarchy and Trade Unions:Introduction. Theoretical Perspectives on Women and Work. Women and Paid Labour: The Contemporary Evidence. Labour Marketing Restructuring and Professional Women. Women and Trade Unions. Masculinity, Domestic Labour and Violence. Summary. Exam/Essay Questions. Further Reading. Part VII: Race, Ethnicity and Labour Markets: Recruitment and the Politics of Exclusion:Introduction. Race, Racism and Ethnicity. Labour Markets and Racism. Recruitment and Racism. Trade Unions, Workers and Racial Discrimination. Summary. Exam/Essay Questions. Further Reading. Part VIII: Working Technology:Introduction. Theoretical Approaches to Technology. Flexible Specialization, Fordism, Neo-Fordism and Post-Fordism. Summary. Exam/Essay Questions. Further Reading. Part IX: Globalization and Work:Introduction. Globalization and Convergence. Globalization and Novelty. Globalization and Insecurity. The Future of Work and the History Helix. Summary: the End of Work? Exam/Essay Questions. Further Reading. Glossary. Bibliography. more

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"The Sociology of Work improves our understanding of the world of work by moving us beyond the traditional confines of plant sociology and an excessive concentration on the male factory worker. It is both an excellent overview of the foundations of the field and an important stepping stone in overcoming the great divides that separate the sociology of work from the sociologies of technology and family life." Professor Richard Badham, Foundation Research Professor, Institute for Steel Processing and Products, University of Wollongong "[A] comprehensive text." The Times Higher Education Supplementshow more

About Keith Grint

Keith Grint is Lecturer in Management Studies, at the Said Business School, University of Oxford; and Fellow in Organizational Behavior, Templeton College, more

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