The Sociology of Work: An Introduction

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The third edition of this best-selling textbook has been carefully revised to provide an up-to-date, indispensable introduction to the sociology of work. It not only includes clear explanations of classic theories and evidence, but also covers the most cutting-edge research, data, and debates. In addition to being revised throughout, the book contains substantive new sections on globalisation, including global branding and slave labour, and a new chapter on the myths and realities of modern employment.
Chapter-by-chapter, Keith Grint examines different sociological approaches to work, emphasising the links between social processes, the institutions of employment, and their social and domestic contexts. His use of an international range of empirical evidence helps to make his account especially accessible to undergraduate readers. The book has been specially designed to support students’ understanding, and to develop their critical responses to the literature. Written in a lively and accessible style, it provides student-friendly chapter summaries, suggestions for further reading, a glossary and practice essay questions.
This third edition will be essential reading for students of the sociology of work, industrial sociology, organisational behaviour and industrial relations. Students studying business and management courses with a sociological component will also find the book invaluable.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780745606064
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/28/1991
  • Pages: 320

Meet the Author


Keith Grint, Professor of Leadership Studies and Director of the Lancaster Leadership Centre, Lancaster University
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Table of Contents

1 What is work? 6
2 Work in historical perspective 45
3 Classical approaches to work : Marx, Weber and Durkheim 85
4 Contemporary theories of work organization 110
5 Class, industrial conflict and the labour process 152
6 Gender, patriarchy and trade unions 190
7 Race, ethnicity and labour markets : recruitment and the politics of exclusion 237
8 Working technology 282
9 Present work : the age of employment 313
10 Future work : globalization and the age of enthralment? 355
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