Globalization and Work

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This engaging book offers a lively and rigorous synthesis of the varied interconnections between work and globalization. Drawing on relevant sociological insights, and based on extensive, up-to-date research studies of work and employment, it brings together for the first time in a single volume a range of key topics, including: consumption, work and identity in a globalizing world; work and employment in multinationals; international labour standards; trade unions, labour movements and labour conflict under ...
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Overview

This engaging book offers a lively and rigorous synthesis of the varied interconnections between work and globalization. Drawing on relevant sociological insights, and based on extensive, up-to-date research studies of work and employment, it brings together for the first time in a single volume a range of key topics, including: consumption, work and identity in a globalizing world; work and employment in multinationals; international labour standards; trade unions, labour movements and labour conflict under globalization; gender and inequality; migrant labour; transnational mobility; and the organization of work in global factories.

Globalization and Work challenges conceptions of globalization as a project orchestrated by governments, multinational companies and international agencies. The authors highlight the importance of integrating a grounded, bottom-up perspective which recognizes that globalization is not just something that happens to working people, thereby revealing the fascinating extent to which workers actively engage in producing globalization. Throughout, the book contains a number of features to deepen understanding, including case study boxes of topical examples from across the globe.

Globalization and Work is an essential new book for anyone interested in globalization, the sociology of work and comparative employment relations, especially undergraduate and postgraduate students taking modules on these and related topics.

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Editorial Reviews

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''Globalization is reshaping the world of work, creating new challenges for labor studies, as well as for activists and policy-makers. Drawing on examples from around the world, this clear and accessible overview is an invaluable resource for readers hoping to understand, and engage in, a rapidly changing world.''
Gay Seidman, University of Wisconsin-Madison

''Globalization and Work, written by experienced authorities, is an up-to-date bringing together of sociological research on the topic. Its nuanced distinctive perspective brings out how work is experienced, inequality and power, agency and resistance, and labour migrants and movements. It’s user-friendly and timely reading for students and experts.''
Luke Martell, University of Sussex

''While the title of this book is Globalization and Work, its scope is much wider, admirably showing the centrality of theorizing and grasping substantively both globalization and work in order to understand the contemporary world. It is an impressive work of scholarship and reflection, with something to offer students, teachers and researchers over a wide variety of subject areas.''
Leslie Sklair, London School of Economics

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780745652115
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 2/3/2014
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 300
  • Product dimensions: 6.60 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Steve Williams is principal lecturer in employment relations at Portsmouth Business School.
Harriet Bradley is professor of women’s employment at the University of the West of England, Bristol.
Ranji Devadason is senior lecturer in social science at the School of Society, Enterprise and Environment, Bath Spa University.
Mark Erickson is principal lecturer in sociology at the University of Brighton.
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