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Work and Society : A Reader

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This book provides a lively and accessible introduction to key new areas in the contemporary study of work. While traditional accounts of work have tended to focus upon male manual workers in factories, recent developments have shifted the notions of what counts as work, what work is, and where it takes place. This topical book takes up these developments, broadening our understanding of work. Complementing the second edition of Grint's successful Sociology of Work textbook, this book is divided into five parts, each of which explores recent developments in the theory and practice of work. The wide range of substantive areas covered includes domestic work, globalization, gender, resistance, child labour and labour relations. The theoretical approaches incorporate theories of technology, time, identity, change and discipline. The authors include some of the leading international writers in their fields today, such as Stephen Barley, John Hassard, Bruno Latour and Judy Wajcman, plus some of the rising stars of the future. Each part has an introduction by the editor which contextualizes the selections, and there is a general introduction to help students navigate the text. Work and Society: A Reader will be essential reading for anyone taking courses in the sociology of work, organizational behaviour, business studies, studying MBAs or wishing to understand the contemporary world of work.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 368 pages
  • 170 x 238 x 28mm | 639.56g
  • Polity Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0745622232
  • 9780745622231

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This book provides a lively and accessible introduction to key new areas in the contemporary study of work. While traditional accounts of work have tended to focus upon male manual workers in factories, recent developments have shifted the notions of what counts as work, what work is, and where it takes place. This topical book takes up these developments, broadening our understanding of work. Complementing the second edition of Grint's successful Sociology of Work textbook, this book is divided into five parts, each of which explores recent developments in the theory and practice of work. The wide range of substantive areas covered includes domestic work, globalization, gender, resistance, child labour and labour relations. The theoretical approaches incorporate theories of technology, time, identity, change and discipline. The authors include some of the leading international writers in their fields today, such as Stephen Barley, John Hassard, Bruno Latour and Judy Wajcman, plus some of the rising stars of the future. Each part has an introduction by the editor which contextualizes the selections, and there is a general introduction to help students navigate the text. "Work and Society: A Reader" will be essential reading for anyone taking courses in the sociology of work, organizational behaviour, business studies, studying MBAs or wishing to understand the contemporary world of work.show more

Review quote

a The wide--ranging scope of this book provides something fresh for the most jaded specialist and encourages newcomers to the field to discard their comforting prejudices.a Ray Pahl, Institute of Social and Economic Research, University of Essex a Any teacher who wants students to have a stimulating, original and thought provoking introduction to the sociology of work should ensure that this collection is in their hands.a ---- Colin Crouch, Professor of Sociology, European University Institute, Florence a Work is sure to remain central to our lives yet the future of work has been subject to so much spin that it seems to have got out of control. Keith Grint recognizes the dangers and steers a judicious course between apocalyptic visions and plodding his selection for the Reader. The wide--ranging scope of this book provides something fresh for the most jaded specialist and encourages newcomers to the field to discard their comforting prejudice.a ---- Ray Pahl, Institute of Social and Economic Research, University of Essexshow more

Table of contents

Acknowledgments xi Editor s Note xiii Abbreviations xiv Editor s Introduction 1 Figures vii Tables viii Part I Beyond the Conventions of Work Introduction 7 1 Time 14 Images of Time in Work and Organization John Hassard 2 Technology 41 Technology is Society made Durable Bruno Latour 3 Age Child Labour: an Economic Perspective Christiaan Grootaert and Ravi Kanbur Part II Outside the Factory Gate Introduction 73 4 The Customer 76 The Cult(ure) of the Customer Paul du Gay and Graeme Salaman 5 Domestic Work 94 The Superwoman Syndrome: Gender Differences in Attitudes towards Equal Opportunities at Work and towards Domestic Responsibilities at Home Sue Newell Part II Constraints and Consensus at Work Introduction 111 6 Culture 117 The Invention of Corporate Culture: A history of the Histories of Cadbury Michael Rowlinson and John Hassard 7 Discipline 142 Disciplinary Power in the modern Corporation Stanley Deetz 8 Resistance 163 Strategies of Resistance: Power, Knowledge and Subjectivity in the Workplace David Collinson Part IV After Class Introduction 199 9 Race and Ethnicity 204 Employment Tariq Modood 10 Gender 254 It s Hard to be Soft: Is Management Style Gendered? Judy Wajcman Part V The Future of Work Introduction 277 11 Globalization 280 Variety of Pattern of the Post-Fordist Economy: Why are the Old Times still with us and the New Times yet to come? Fiorenza Belussi and Francesco Garibaldo 12 Change 280 Design and Devotion: Surges of Rational and Normative Ideologies of Control in Managerial Discourse Stephen R. Barley and Gideon Kunda Editor s Bibliography 343 Index 345show more

About Keith Grint

Keith Grint is Reader in Organizational Behaviour at the Said Business School, Oxford and a Fellow of Templeton College.show more