Sociology of Work and Occupations: Globalization and Technological Change into the 21st Century / Edition 1

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"Among those who teach the Sociology of Work and Occupations, it is no secret that few textbooks or edited collections of readings appear to be specifically written for such courses. Rudi Volti helps fill that void with an accessible paperback textbook that is about half the length (and price) of many comprehensive textbooks in a variety of fields within sociology.-TEACHING SOCIOLOGY

"In this gem of a work, the author lodges the development of work and occupations in framework of changes in values and the historical climates embracing those values over time. "-CHOICE

Providing crucial insights into the evolution of life and work

Connecting work and occupations to the key subjects of sociological inquiry – social and technological change, race, ethnicity, gender, social class, education, social networks, and modes of organization – An Introduction to the Sociology of Work and Occupations: Continuity and Change in the 21st Century introduces students to highly relevant analyses of today’s industrial and post-industrial society. Succinct yet comprehensive, this text provides useful analysis of a broad range of topics, covering the changes in the world of work from hunting and gathering to today's Information Age. Featuring a broad range of topics, this unique text provides crucial insight into how life and work are evolving in the 21st century.

Key Features

  • Provides relevant coverage of economic, technological, and social history so students thoroughly understand how the world of work has evolved over time
  • Vividly illustrates how differing segments of society have been affected by profound changes in work and its social environment
  • Each of 14 chapters focuses on a core aspect of work and occupations and connects it to key sociological themes, topics, and issues
  • Weaves discussions of globalization and technological change and their relationship to work throughout the text, beginning with the opening pages
  • End-of-chapter questions promote classroom debate and reflection on issues of interest to students and their lives

Instructor Resources on CDareavailable to qualified instructors. Please contact or 1-800-818-7243 (6 am - 5 pm, PT) to request a copy.

Intended Audience

This text is valuable for upper-level undergraduate courses such as Sociology of Work and related courses in departments of sociology, organizational behavior, economics, human resource management, and organizational studies.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781412924962
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 12/6/2007
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 296
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Rudi Volti is Emeritus Professor Sociology at Pitzer College, where he taught courses on the sociology of work and occupations, economic sociology, technology and society, and complex organizations. He currently serves as book review editor for Transfers: The Journal of Interdisciplinary Mobility Studies.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Work Before Industrialization The Oldest and Longest Lasting Mode of Life and Work Gathering-and-Hunting Societies in the Modern World The Working Lives of Gather-Hunters The Agricultural Revolution Agricultural Labor and Cultural Change Artisan Work Time and Work Protestantism and the Rise of Capitalism Chapter 2: Industrialization and Its Consequences The Industrial Revolution Capitalism and Market Economies Wages and Working Conditions in the Industrial Revolution Women in the Industrial Revolution Industrialization and Social Protest Making Management “Scientific”
The Assembly Line A Postindustrial Revolution?
Chapter 3: Technology, Globalization, and Work Technology, Work, and Occupations Work and Contemporary Technologies Telework Technology and Globalization Globalization, Trade, and Employment Immigration Chapter 4: The Organization of Work in Preindustrial Times Traditional Societies and the Organization of Work The Family as a Basis of Work Organization Slavery Caste and Occupation The Guilds Apprenticeship An Assessment of Guild Organization Chapter 5: Bureaucratic Organization The Rise of Bureaucratic Organization The Elements of Bureaucratic Organization Where Bureaucracy Works and Where It Doesn’t Bureaucratic Organization, Work, and the Worker Alternatives to Bureaucracy Chapter 6: Professions and Professionalization The Checklist Approach to the Professions The Professional Continuum Attaining Professional Status Professionalization as a Means of Control Professionals in Organizations Today’s Challenges to the Professions Resource Control and Professional Autonomy: The Case of Medicine Diversity and Professional Status Chapter 7: Getting a Job The Economics of the Job Market Minimum-Wage Laws Jobs, Human Capital, and Credentials Networks and Their Significance Chapter 8: Diversity in the Workplace Race, Ethnicity, and Hiring Practices Women in the Workforce Discrimination, Occupational Segregation, and Pay Getting Ahead Legal Remedies for Discrimination and Occupational Segregation Comparable Worth Policies for the Workplace Chapter 9: Who Gets What?
The Determination of Wages and Salaries: Market Economics Once Again The Widening Income Gap Why Has Income Inequality Increased?
Unionization and Its Decline Technological Change and Income Inequality Computers and Income Inequality Globalization, Employment, and Income Immigration and Income Occupational Prestige Chapter 10: Life on the Job: Work and Its Rewards Employment and Unemployment The Personal Consequences of Unemployment Varieties of Employment Work Without Pay The Workplace as School Job Training and Employment Opportunities Work and Social Interaction Social Relationships and Job Performance The Intrinsic Satisfactions of Work Chapter 11: Life on the Job II: The Perils and Pressures of Work Work May Be Hazardous to Your Health Stress at Work Jobs, Secure and Insecure Temporary Workers Sexual Harassment at Work Greedy Institutions Alienated Labor Responses to On-the Job Alienation Managerial Efforts to Reduce On-the-Job Alienation Job Satisfaction and Dissatisfaction Today Chapter 12: Workplace Culture and Socialization The Significance of Workplace Cultures Socialization into a Culture Socialization as an Ongoing Processes Socialization and Identity Occupational and Organizational Heroes Socialization in Different Occupational Realms Rites of Passage Organizations and Subcultures Supportive Workplace Subcultures Deviant Subcultures Socialization, Careers, and Strain Chapter 13: Work Roles and Life Roles The Separation of Work and Residence Working Hours Women at Work Couples, Families, and Careers Reconciling Work Roles and Life Roles Chapter 14: Conclusion: Work Today and Tomorrow Technology, Work, and Occupations Making Globalization and Technological Change More Equitable Work and Demographic Change Ethnicity, Gender, and Work Women, Work, and Families Closing the Income Gap The Health Care Morass The Fate of the Professions Organizations for the 21st Century Workers and Jobs for the Future

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