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Market, Class, and Employment
     

Market, Class, and Employment

by Patrick McGovern
 

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Much of the received wisdom about the world of work emphasizes the marketization of the employment relationship; the decline of class-based forms of inequality, and the individualization of employment relations. Non-standard forms of employment, the delayering of organizational hierarchies, and the use of individual performance-based payment systems are all held up as

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Much of the received wisdom about the world of work emphasizes the marketization of the employment relationship; the decline of class-based forms of inequality, and the individualization of employment relations. Non-standard forms of employment, the delayering of organizational hierarchies, and the use of individual performance-based payment systems are all held up as examples of a new neo-liberal order in which employers and employees no longer feel a sense of obligation to each other. Drawing on a range of employee and employer surveys, including the authors own Working in Britain 2000 survey, this ambitious study presents a comprehensive examination of the conditions, attitudes, and experiences of British employees from the mid-1980s to the early years of this century. The authors' analyses provides a compelling critique of the received wisdom, while also providing an original, alternative account of recent developments in work and labour markets. Along the way, the book covers such topical issues as the changing nature of trade union membership, the consequences of Britain's 'long hours' culture', and the apparent inability of women to ask for pay rises. Significantly, the authors seek to reposition debates about the future of work by restoring the concepts of contracts and social class to the analysis of the employment relationship. Based on the ESRC funded Future of Work research programme this book is destined to shape our understanding of employment in Britain for the foreseeable future.

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"Market, Class, and Employment is a critical evaluation of three dominant discourses about the changing nature of work, namely the widely held beliefs that there is a marketization of the employment relationship, a decline of class-based forms of inequality, and an individualization of employment relations. Together these dominant discourses constitute a grand narrative that depicts a neoliberal order taking hold in which employers and employees no longer feel a sense of obligation to each other.... This book significantly advances knowledge and it will doubtless become required reading for anybody interested in debates over the changing nature of work and employment."—American Journal of Sociology

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780191526671
Publisher:
OUP Oxford
Publication date:
12/06/2007
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Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
2 MB

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Patrick McGovern is Senior Lecturer in Sociology at the London School of Economics&Political Science having previously held positions at Aston University and London Business School. His research interests are in economic sociology, especially the sociology of work and labour markets, and international migration. He is the author of HRM, Technical Workers and the Multinational Corporation (Routledge, 1998). Stephen Hill is the Principal of Royal Holloway, University of London and Professor of Management. He has written widely on social theory and economic sociology. His research interests include work and organizations, control systems, quality management, human resource management and the effects of technological change on manufacturing organizations. He is the author or co-author of six books including Competition and Control at Work (Heinemann, 1981), The Dominant Ideology Thesis (Allen&Unwin, 1980), Dominant Ideologies (Unwin Hyman, 1990) and the Penguin Dictionary of Sociology (Penguin, 2006). Colin Mills is University Lecturer in Sociology and Fellow of Nuffield College, University of Oxford. His research interests are in social stratification, the sociology of employment relations and measurement issues in the social sciences. He previously held appointments at the University of Surrey and the London School of Economics. Michael White founded the Employment Studies Group at the Policy Studies Institute, University of Westminster, where he is now Emeritus Fellow. He is author of Against Unemployment (PSI, 1991) and co-author of Restructuring the Employment Relationship (OUP, 1998) and Managing to Change? - British workplaces and the future of work (Palgrave, 2004). He was awarded an OBE for services to labour market policy in 2005.

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