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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.
|Part I||Beyond the Conventions of Work|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|