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The Sociology of Work; Continuity and Change in Paid and Unpaid Work,9781849204132

The Sociology of Work; Continuity and Change in Paid and Unpaid Work

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9781849204132

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1849204136
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Pub. Date:
5/22/2012
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SAGE Publications Ltd
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Fully updated and restructured, the Second Edition of Stephen Edgell's comprehensive guide charts the rise of 'work' from the first human societies. The book explores all aspects of work including paid and unpaid, standard and non-standard and unemployment. New material has been incorporated covering globalization, neo-liberalism, economic crisis, technological and organizational change, and trade unions. Drawing on classic and contemporary theorists, the author: covers key issues regarding paid industrial and service sector work: alienation, skill, post-industrial society, network enterprises in the informational society, flexibility, Fordism, neo-Fordism, post-Fordism McDonaldization, emotional labour, the destandardization of work and the social impact of unemployment discusses key issues regarding non-paid work: domestic work as 'work', the impact of technology, the impact of feminism, feminization and globalization provides students with global case-studies, practical student exercises, an extensive glossary and links to key websites and downloadable articles. A superb teaching text, this new edition will be welcomed by lecturers and students wanting an authoritative introduction to the sociology of work.

Table of Contents

The Historical Transformation of Work
Work in pre-industrial societies
Work in industrial capitalist societies
Main features of work in industrial capitalist societies
Capitalist industrialization and the primacy of work
Crises and industrial capitalism
Technological and organizational change
The rise of trade unions
Women and work in the development of industrial capitalism
The dominant conception of work in industrial capitalism
Summary and conclusions
Further reading
Questions for discussion and assessment
Work and Alienation
Marx's theory of alienation
Blauner's technology and alienation thesis
Critique of Blauner's technology and alienation thesis
Empirical research on the Blauner thesis
Summary and conclusions
Further reading
Questions for discussion and assessment
Work and Deskilling
Braverman's deskilling thesis
Critique of Braverman's deskilling thesis
Braverman's supporters
Summary and conclusions
Further reading
Questions for discussion and assessment
Work, Upskilling and Polarization
Bell's upskilling thesis
Critique of Bell's upskilling thesis
Bell`s supporters
The polarization of skill?
Summary and conclusions
Further reading
Questions for discussion and assessment
Industrial Work: Fordism, Neo-Fordism and Post-Fordism
The rise of Fordism
The development of Fordism beyond the workplace
The decline of Fordism
Solutions to the crisis of Fordism: neo-Fordism and post-Fordism
Summary and conclusions
Further reading
Questions for discussion and assessment
Service Work: Fordism, Neo-Fordism and Post-Fordism
Interactive service work
The rise of Fordism and interactive service work
Interactive service work: neo-Fordism and post-Fordism
Knowledge work and the Fordist model of change
Summary and conclusions
Further reading
Questions for discussion and assessment
Non-Standard Work
The destandardization of work thesis
Contractural destandardization: self-employment
Spatial destandardization: homeworking
Temporal destandardization: temporary
Time work
Critical evaluation of the destandardization thesis
Summary and conclusions
Further reading
Questions for discussion and assessment
Out of Work: Unemployment
Unemployment: meaning and measurement
Jahoda`s deprivation theory of unemployment
Class, age and gender, and the social consequences of unemployment
Critical evaluation of Jahoda`s deprivation theory of unemployment
Summary and conclusions
Further reading
Questions for discussion and assessment
Domestic Work
The sociology of domestic work
Domestic work: conditions and technology
The symmetrical family thesis
Critical evaluation of the symmetrical family thesis
Explanations of the unequal division of domestic labour
Outsourcing domestic work
Summary and conclusions
Further reading
Questions for discussion and assessment
Globalization: Paid and Unpaid Work
Globalization
Causes of globalization
Globalization in action: call centres
The transformation of paid work?
The transformation of unpaid work?
Summary and conclusions
Concluding remarks: continuity and change and `work`
Further reading
Questions for discussion and assessment
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