Sociology, Work and Industry: Fifth Edition

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This popular text effectively explains and justifies the use of the sociological imagination to understand the nature of institutions of work, occupations, organizations, management and employment, and how they are changing in the twenty-first century.

With outstanding breadth of coverage, it provides an authoritative overview of both traditional and emergent themes in the sociological study of work; explains the basic logic of sociological analysis of work and work-related institutions and provides an appreciation of different theoretical traditions. It considers:

  • the direction and implications of trends in technological change, globalization, labour markets, work organization, managerial practices and employment relations
  • the extent to which these trends are intimately related to changing patterns of inequality in modern societies and to the changing experiences of individuals and families
  • the ways in which workers challenge, resist and make their own contributions to the patterning of work and shaping of work institutions.

New features include an easy to read layout, key issues questions, mini case studies, chapter summaries, and a fantastic Companion Website which is packed full of useful resources (for students and teachers). All of these elements – and much more – provide the reader with a text unrivalled in the field.

 

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Contents

1 Studying work and society
1
2 The sociological analysis of work and industry
29
3 Work society and globalisation
74
4 Work organisations
107
5 The changing organisation and control of work
147
6 Occupations inequality and varieties of work
176
7 Work experiences identities and meanings
226
8 Conflict resistance and misbehaviour in work
275
Concept guide and glossary
316
Bibliography
335
Author index
379
Subject index
386
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