The Sociology of Work

The Sociology of Work

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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. 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.show more

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  • Hardback | 474 pages
  • 178 x 242 x 42mm | 997.91g
  • Polity Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Revised
  • 3rd Revised edition
  • 1, black & white illustrations
  • 0745632491
  • 9780745632490

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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 invaluable.show more

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"There is simply no better comprehensive introduction to the sociological approaches to work and contemporary trends within the workplace. Keith Grint's text is a thoughtful and comprehensive guide for the student and a useful resource for those more familiar with the field."Richard J. Badham, Macquarie Graduate School of Management "This third edition of The Sociology of Work will be an invaluable resource for students seeking a sociological introduction to the rapidly changing world of work and employment. The text provides some excellent and succinct definitions of key terms and good introductions to relevant theoretical approaches. Some of the highly contemporary empirical material will enable students to connect theoretical debate with the lived experience of work." Steve Taylor, University of Teessideshow more

About Keith Grint

Keith Grint, Professor of Leadership Studies and Director of the Lancaster Leadership Centre, Lancaster Universityshow more

Table of contents

List of Figures.List of Tables.Acknowledgements.Preface.Introduction.1 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.Further Reading.Glossary.Exam/Essay Questions.2 Unpaid Work in Historical Perspective.Introduction.Slavery in Ancient Times.Medieval Serfs.Atlantic Slavery and Indentured Labour.Slave Labour under the Nazis.Contemporary Slavery.Summary.Further Reading.Glossary.Exam/Essay Questions.3 Paid Work in Historical Perspective.Introduction.Pre-Industrial Work.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.Further Reading.Glossary.Exam/Essay Questions.4 Classical Approaches to Work: Marx, Weber and Durkheim.Introduction.Marx and Capitalism.Durkheim and Industrial Society.Weber.Summary.Further Reading.Glossary.Exam/Essay Questions.5 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.Further Reading.Glossary.Exam/Essay Questions.6 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.Further Reading.Glossary.Examination/Essay Questions.7 Gender, Patriarchy and Trade Unions.Introduction.Theoretical Viewpoints on Women and Work.Women and Paid Labour.Labour Market Restructuring and Professional Women.Women and Trade Unions.Masculinity, Domestic Labour and Violence.The End of Gendered Inequality?.Summary.Exam/Essay Questions.Further Reading.8 Race, Ethnicity and Labour Markets.Introduction.Race, Racism and Ethnicity.Labour Markets and Racism.Recruitment and Racism.Trade Unions, Workers and Racial Discrimination.Summary.Exam/Essay Questions.Further Reading.9 Working Technology.Introduction.Technological Determinism.Social Determinism.Flexible Specialization, Fordism, Neo-Fordism and Post Fordism.Summary.Exam/Essay Questions.Further Reading.10 Present Work: Employment.Introduction: From Plantocracy to Plutocracy.Manufacturing, McDonalization and Migrants.Living to Work or Working to Live?.The Polarization of Effort and Rewards: A Dog's Life or a Fat Cat's?.From Heteronomous to Autonomous Work?.Summary.Further Reading.Glossary.Exam/Essay Questions.11 Future Work: Enthralment.Introduction: From Plutocracy to Planetocracy.Modelling the Future or Walking Backwards into It?.The Context of Globalization.Global Inequality.Global Cultural Imperialism: Branding.Global Political Imperialism.Global Environmental Imperialism and Sustainable Development.Global Exploitation: Enthralment to Enslavement.Summary.Further Reading.Glossary.Exam/Essay Questions.Glossary.Bibliography.Indexshow more

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