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Cultural Study of Work / Edition 1
     

Cultural Study of Work / Edition 1

by Douglas Harper
 

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ISBN-10: 074251918X

ISBN-13: 2900742519182

Pub. Date: 11/28/2003

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.

This anthology brings more than fifty years of scholarship of the culture and sociology of work into a vivid introductory and analytical textbook. Sociologists have long sought to understand the universal activity of work from the point of view of the worker. This book shows how common sociological themes such as socialization, social interaction, the social

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This anthology brings more than fifty years of scholarship of the culture and sociology of work into a vivid introductory and analytical textbook. Sociologists have long sought to understand the universal activity of work from the point of view of the worker. This book shows how common sociological themes such as socialization, social interaction, the social construction of time, and deviance are experienced in work settings as diverse as the factory, the night club, the restaurant, and to offices of high tech professionals. Featuring vivid ethnography, the book is organized around the concept of culture: the recognition that people doing things together organize social life in common and identifiable ways. As such, the book is a poignant core textbook or a perfect supplement to standard texts in the sociology of work that approach work from the demographic, structural, or macro perspectives.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2900742519182
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
11/28/2003
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
504

Table of Contents

Introductionxi
Part I.Work as Social Interaction1
1.Teamwork in the Operating Room7
2.Manufacturing Motherhood: The Shadow Work of Nannies and Au Pairs21
Part II.Socialization and Identity51
3.The Fate of Idealism in Medical School65
4.Occupational Aesthetics: How Trade School Students Learn to Cook75
5.Incorporation and Mechanical Solidarity in an Underground Coal Mine96
6.Dancing with Identity: Narrative Resistance Strategies of Male and Female Stripteasers116
7.Careers130
8.Career Concerns and Mobility Motivations of Orchestra Musicians139
Part III.Experiencing Work159
A.Work as Practical Accomplishment
9.The Social Construction of Truth: Editing an Encyclopedia168
10.Baseball Magic181
11.The Police on Skid-Row: A Study of Peace Keeping192
B.The Social Construction of Emotions in Work
12.The Slanted Smile Factory: Emotion Management in Tokyo Disneyland210
13.Learning Real Feelings: A Study of High Steel Ironworkers' Reactions to Fear and Danger228
C.Work and Time
14.From Night to Day: Timing and the Management of Custodial Work246
15.The Time Bind: When Work Becomes Home and Home Becomes Work261
Part IV.Work Cultures and Social Structure273
A.Cultures of Blue-Collar Work
16."Banana Time": Job Satisfaction and Informal Interaction289
17.Hanging Tongues: A Sociological Encounter with the Assembly Line313
B.Cultures of the Professions, Semiprofessions, and Service Occupations
18.Annoying Owners: Routine Interactions with Problematic Clients in a General Veterinary Practice335
19.Occupational Claims to Professionalism: The Case of Paralegals347
20.Working on Hair370
21.Women, Resistance, and Care: An Ethnographic Study of Nursing Auxiliary Work397
Part V.Deviance in Work415
22.Illicit Prescription Drug Use among Pharmacists: Evidence of a Paradox of Familiarity422
23.Wheeling and Dealing: An Ethnography of an Upper-Level Drug Dealing and Smuggling Community452
Index463
About the Editors481

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