The Struggle Over Work: The 'End of Work' and Employment Alternatives in Post-Industrial Societies

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"The Struggle Over Work examines the theoretical origins and contemporary versions of this scenario, criticising the arguments of leading thinkers Claus Offe, Andre Gorz, Alain Touraine, and Jurgen Habermas. These thinkers advocate a basic income to cope with falling employment. Wilson contrasts this proposal with employment-centred alternatives: the 'US model' of work and welfare advocated by business and policy-making elites, and a full-employment model advocated by revived labour movements." The Struggle Over Work challenges the pervasive pessimism about work and argues for a new engagement with the pressing problems of employment. This book will be of interest to students and academics in labour economics and the politics and sociology of work as well as public policy specialists.
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Shaun Wilson is Research Fellow in the Centre for Social Research in the Research School of Social Sciences at the Australian National University in Canberra. He is principle investigator of the Australian Survey of Social Attitudes. His areas of research include political and social attitudes, political sociology, and the sociology of work. He holds a PhD in Sociology from the University of New South Wales in Sydney

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Table of Contents

Pt. I The sociological sources of contemporary pessimism 11
1 Pessmistic origins : work in classical sociology 13
2 Work and the post-industrial pessimists 36
Pt. II Post-industrial pessimism and three alternatives for work and society 61
3 Work without limit? : work and welfare in the US model 65
4 The basic income challenge to work and welfare 101
5 Labour movements and work : exhausted alliances or new challenges? 123
6 Conclusion 162
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