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Social Theory at Work

Social Theory at Work


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Social Theory at Work

Work is fundamental to human society and modern organizations, and consequently has been central to the thinking of major social theorists and social science disciplines. This book offers a 'one-stop-shop' guide to classical and contemporary perspectives of work written by leading international experts. Schools covered include: Weberian, Marxian, Durkeimian, feminist, neo-classical economics, institutional economics, ethics, Foucauldian, postmodernist, organizational sociology and economic sociology.
Each chapter traces the origins of the theoretical school, reviews seminal contributions and considers major criticisms of the approach. In addition, the book features a section on key aspects of work-professions, technology, identity and globalization-to which these theories have been applied.
The book makes a major contribution in a number of ways: -Provides systematic coverage of major social and economics theories and the way they aid our understanding of work
-Includes a section of chapters that consider, in an applied way, how social theories have helped the analysis of key substantive areas of work
-Includes contributions from leading academics from both Europe and the USA
-Each chapter can be read as free-standing summary of a particular school of theoretical approach
-In addition, the introductory and concluding chapters examine themes cross-cutting the other chapters in the book
It is an essential text for academics and advanced students concerned with the sociology of work, management and organization studies.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780199285983
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 04/27/2006
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 516
Product dimensions: 9.00(w) x 6.10(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Marek Korczynski is a Reader in Employment Relations at Loughborough University. His research centres on social theory and work, on the sociology of service work and on music and work. He is the author of On the Front Line: Organization of Work in the Service Economy (Cornell University Press, 1999, co-authored) and Human Resource Management in Service Work (Palgrave/Macmillan, 2002).
Randy Hodson is Professor of Sociology at Ohio State University. His research interests include worker citizenship and resistance, management behavior, and coworker relations. He is also engaged in research on economic transformations in Eastern Europe and China. His recent books include Dignity at Work (Cambridge University Press, 2001) and Worlds of Work: Building an International Sociology of Work (coauthored with Daniel B. Cornfield, Kluwer/Plenum, 2002). He is also coauthor with Teresa A. Sullivan of The Social Organization of Work, 3rd edition (Wadsworth, 2001) and editor of the JAI/ Elsevier Science annual series on Research in the Sociology of Work. For more information see his web site at:
Paul Edwards is a Professor of Industrial Relations at the University of Warwick and a Fellow of the British Academy. Current research focuses on employment policies in multinational companies and skills and training in small firms. The most recent of his eight books is The Politics of Working Life (OUP, 2005, with Judy Wajcman). He is a former editor of Work, Employment and Society.

Table of Contents

Foreword, Walter W. Powell
1. Introduction: Competing, collaborating and reinforcing theories, Marek Korczynski, Randy Hodson, and Paul Edwards
Theory Overview
2. Marxist thought and the analysis of work, Richard Hyman
3. Weberian thought and the analysis of work, Graham Sewell and James Barker
4. A Durkheimian view of organizational culture, James Lincoln and Didier Guillot
5. Feminist thought and the analysis of work, Heidi Gottfried
6. Foucauldian and postmodern thought and the analysis of work, Gibson Burrell
7. Neo-classical economic thought and the analysis of work, Steve Machin
8. The institutional economics tradition and the analysis of work, Geoffrey Hodgson
9. Economic sociology and the analysis of work, Nicole Biggart
10. Organizational sociology and the analysis of work, Heather Haveman
11. Ethical analysis and work, Karen Legge
Integrative Chapters
12. Technology and work, Jacques Belanger
13. Professions, Keith Macdonald
14. Globalization and work, Steve Frenkel
15. Identity and work, Robin Leidner
16. Conclusion: Change at work and opportunities for theory, Peter Cappelli

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