Working in America: Continuity, Conflict, and Change / Edition 2

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Drawing from a wide range of classic writings and contemporary empirical selections, Wharton examines important topics in the field and exposes students to examples of sociological research and different theoretical approaches to studying the world of work.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780767420778
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The
  • Publication date: 7/28/2001
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 544
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

* Indicates New Reading


Historical Perspectives

1. The Way it Was: Factory Labor Before 1915, Sanford M. Jacoby

*2. How Mothers’ Work Was ‘Disappeared:’ The Invention of the Unproductive Housewife, Ann Crittenden

*3. The Evolution of the New Industrial Technology, Stephen Meyer III

Conceptual Foundations

4. Alienated Labour, Karl Marx

5. Bureaucracy, Max Weber

6. The Principles of Scientific Management, Frederick Winslow Taylor

7. The Division of Labor, Harry Braverman

8. The Managed Heart, Arlie Hochschild


The New Workplace

*9. The Capitalist Firm in the 21st Century, Walter Powell

*10. Structural Unemployment and the Reconstruction of the Self in the Turbulent Economy, Vicki Smith

Technology and Flexibility on the Job

11. In the Age of the Smart Machine, Shoshana Zuboff

*12. On the Digital Assembly Line, Simon Head

13. The Transformation of Work Revisited: The Limits of Flexibility, Steven P. Vallas and John P. Beck

14. Employee Involvement, Involved Employees: Participative Work Arrangements in a White Collar Service Occupation, Vicki Smith


Work, Wages, and Inequality

*15. The New Geography of Global Income Inequality, Glenn Firebaugh

16. Jobless Poverty: A New Form of Social Dislocation in the Inner-City Ghetto, William Julius Wilson

*17. Gender Inequality at Work, David A. Cotter, Joan M. Hermsen, and Reeve Vanneman

Race, Gender, and Sexuality on the Job

*18. “Why Marcia You’ve Changed!” Male Temporary Clerical Workers Doing Masculinity in a Feminized Occupation, Kevin D. Henson and Jackie Krasas Rogers

*19. The Locker Room and the Dorm Room: Workplace Norms and the Boundaries of Sexual Harassment in Magazine Editing, Kirsten Dellinger and Christine L. Williams

*20. Stories Employers Tell, Philip Moss and Chris Tilly

Immigration, Globalization, and Workplace Inequality

*21. Unionization and Immigrant Incorporation in San Francisco Hotels, Miriam J. Wells

*22. Behind the Label, Edna Bonacich and Richard P. Appelbaum

*23. Maid in L.A., Pierrette Hondagneu-Sotelo


Industrial Work

24. Thirty Years of Making Out, Michael Buroway

25. Women on the Line, Tom Juravich

*26. The Most Dangerous Job, Eric Schlosser

Service Work

27. Over the Counter: McDonald’s, Robin Leidner

28. `Getting` and `Making` a Tip, Greta Foff Paules

*29. The House Rules, Jeffrey Sallaz

Professional and Managerial Work

30. Rambo Litigators: Emotional Labor in a Male-Dominated Job, Jennifer Pierce

*31. The Social Structure of Managerial Work, Robert Jackall

*32. Black Corporate Executives, Sharon Collins

Marginal, Contingent, and Low-Wage Jobs

33. Just a Temp, Kevin Henson

34. American Untouchables: Homeless Scavengers in San Francisco’s Underground Economy, Teresa Gowan

*35. The 24/7 Economy, Harriet B. Presser

*36. Flat Broke With Children: Enforcing the Work Ethic, Sharon Hays


Care Work: Paid and Unpaid

*37. Love and Gold, Arlie Hochschild

*38. Capitalism and the Erosion of Care, Paula England and Nancy Folbre

39. Maid to Order: The Politics of Other Women's Work, Barbara Ehrenreich

Balancing Work and Family Life

*40. The Time Bind: Men, Arlie Hochschild

41. Motherhood on the Night Shift, Anita Ilta Garey

*42. American Workers in Cross-National Perspective, Jerry A. Jacobs, Kathleen Gerson, and Janet C. Gornick

*43. Beach Time, Bridge Time, and Billable Hours: The Temporal Structure of Technical Contracting, James A. Evans, Gideon Kunda, and Stephen R. Barley
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