The authors combine their key areas of interest, industrial sociology, occupations, and professions, to present a unified view of the sociology of work. The text's analytical approach to the study of work not only identifies and discusses substantive issues, but also allows students the opportunity to better develop analysis, reasoning, and argumentative skills. Chapter topics are discussed within the framework of the text's key five themes: technology; global perspectives; class relations; gender; and race. The world of work, how it is changing, and the implications of these changes for individuals and families is thoroughly explored in this contemporary and student relevant text.
This textbook on the sociology of work discusses the role of technology, class relations, gender, race and ethnicity, and globalization, while focusing on the analytic tools needed to understand such themes. It presents competing theoretical positions on current controversies and describes the history of work itself (as well as the history of its study). The impact of work on families, the role of labor unions, the high-tech workplace, the service industry, the role of managers, and the emergence of large corporations are discussed in detail. Sullivan teaches at Ohio State University; Hodson at the University of Texas at Austin. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Randy Hodson received his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin and is currently Professor of Sociology at Ohio State University. His research interests include worker-management conflict, managerial behavior, coworker relations, and technological change. His international interests include ethnic relations in the states of the former Yugoslavia and the socialism to market transition. He is editor of the JAI Press annual series on RESEARCH IN THE SOCIOLOGY OF WORK and is currently working on a National Science Foundation sponsored project to content code book-length organizational ethnographies. He has received a Distinguished University Teaching Award from Ohio State University, as well as numerous awards for his research and scholarship. He is currently the editor of AMERICAN SOCIOLOGICAL REVIEW. For more information, see his website at: http://www.soc.sbs.ohio-state.edu/rdh/.
Teresa A. Sullivan received her Ph.D. from the University of Chicago and is currently President of the University of Virginia, where she is also George M. Kaufman Presidential Professor of Sociology. She teaches the sociology of work. Her research interests are the demography of the labor force and economic marginality. She has received three awards for undergraduate teaching, and she has received numerous honors and awards for her research.
PART I: HISTORY AND METHODS. 1. The Evolution of Work. 2. Studying the World of Work. PART II: THE PERSONAL CONTEXT OF WORK. 3. Work and Family. 4. Meaningful Work. 5. Barriers and Disruptions at Work. 6. Collective Responses to Work. PART THREE: INDUSTRIES AND TECHNOLOGIES. 7. Technology and Organization. 8. From Field, Mine and Factory. 9. The High-Technology Workplace. 10. Services. PART FOUR: OCCUPATIONS AND PROFESSIONS. 11. Professions and Professions. 12. Executives, Managers, and Administrators.. 13. Clerical and Sales Workers. 14. Marginal Jobs. PART FIVE: WORK IN THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY. 15. The World of the Large Corporation. 16. Work in a Global Economy. 17. The Future of Work. Appendix Table 1. Detailed occupational data.