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Labor, Economy, and Society

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Edition:
1st
ISBN13:

9780745653679

ISBN10:
0745653677
Format:
Paperback
Pub. Date:
3/4/2013
Publisher(s):
Polity
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Summary

Work is, and always will be, a central institution of society. What makes a capitalist society unique is that it treats the human capacity to engage in labor as a basic commodity. This can be a source of dynamism, as when innovative firms raise wages to attract the best and brightest. But it can also be a source of misery, as when one's skills are suddenly rendered obsolete by forces beyond one's control. Jeffrey J. Sallaz asks us to rethink our basic assumptions about work. Drawing on cutting-edge theories within economic sociology and through the use of contemporary examples, he conceptualizes labor as embedded exchange. This draws attention to issues that all too frequently are overlooked in our public discourse and private imaginations: how various forms of work are classified and valued; how markets for labor operate in practice; and how people can challenge the central fiction that their work is simply a commodity to be bought and sold. This readable and engaging book is suitable for both graduate and advanced undergraduate students. It will be of interest to economic sociologists, scholars of labor, and all of those who find themselves working for a living.

Author Biography

Jeffrey J. Sallaz is associate professor of sociology at the University of Arizona.

Table of Contents

Contents
List of Figures
1: Introduction: What Good is Work?
2: The Great Transformation of Work
3: Classifying Labor
4: Commensurating Labor
5: Making Labor Markets
6: Controlling Labor
7: Labor and Group-Making
8: Conclusion: What Good is Embeddedness?
Notes
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