Work and Society: A Reader / Edition 1

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Overview

This book provides a lively and accessible introduction to key new areas in the contemporary study of work. While traditional accounts of work have tended to focus upon male manual workers in factories, recent developments have shifted the notions of what counts as work, what work is, and where it takes place. This topical book takes up these developments, broadening our understanding of work.


Complementing the second edition of Grint's successful Sociology of Work textbook, this book is divided into five parts, each of which explores recent developments in the theory and practice of work. The wide range of substantive areas covered includes domestic work, globalization, gender, resistance, child labour and labour relations. The theoretical approaches incorporate theories of technology, time, identity, change and discipline. The authors include some of the leading international writers in their fields today, such as Stephen Barley, John Hassard, Bruno Latour and Judy Wajcman, plus some of the rising stars of the future. Each part has an introduction by the editor which contextualizes the selections, and there is a general introduction to help students navigate the text.


Work and Society: A Reader will be essential reading for anyone taking courses in the sociology of work, organizational behaviour, business studies, studying MBAs or wishing to understand the contemporary world of work.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780745622231
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 1/28/2001
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 348
  • Product dimensions: 172.70 (w) x 246.29 (h) x 27.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Keith Grint is Reader in Organizational Behaviour at the Said Business School, Oxford and a Fellow of Templeton College.

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Table of Contents

Figures vii
Tables viii
Acknowledgements xi
Editor's Note xiii
Abbreviations xiv
Editor's Introduction 1
Part I Beyond the Conventions of Work
Introduction 7
1 Time: Images of Time in Work and Organization 14
2 Technology: Technology is Society made Durable 41
3 Age: Child Labour: An Economic Perspective 54
Part II Outside the Factory Gate
Introduction 73
4 The Customer: The Cult[ure] of the Customer 76
5 Domestic Work: The Superwoman Syndrome: Gender Differences in Attitudes towards Equal Opportunities at Work and towards Domestic Responsibilities at Home 94
Part III Constraints and Consensus at Work
Introduction 111
6 Culture: The Invention of Corporate Culture: A History of the Histories of Cadbury 117
7 Discipline: Disciplinary Power in the Modern Corporation 142
8 Resistance: Strategies of Resistance: Power, Knowledge and Subjectivity in the Workplace 163
Part IV After Class
Introduction 199
9 Race and Ethnicity: Employment 204
10 Gender: It's Hard to be Soft: Is Management Style Gendered? 254
Part V The Future of Work
Introduction 277
11 Globalization: Variety of Pattern of the Post-Fordist Economy: Why are the 'Old Times' still with us and the 'New Times' yet to come? 280
12 Change: Design and Devotion: Surges of Rational and Normative Ideologies of Control in Managerial Discourse 303
Editor's Bibliography 343
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