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Changing Contours of Work: Jobs and Opportunities in the New Economy / Edition 2

Changing Contours of Work: Jobs and Opportunities in the New Economy / Edition 2

by Stephen A. Sweet


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 2901412990867
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Publication date: 04/12/2012
Series: Sociology for a New Century Series
Edition description: Second Edition
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

About the Author

Stephen Sweet is Associate Professor and Chair of Sociology at Ithaca College and formerly the associate director of the Cornell Careers Institute, a Sloan Center for the Study of Working Families. He has written a number of articles on the challenges confronting working families, focusing on the issues of concern to dual career couples across the life course. His studies have appeared in a variety of publications, including the New Directions in Life Course Research, Journal of Vocational Behavior, Journal of Marriage and the Family, Innovative Higher Education, The International Journal of Mass Emergencies and Disasters, Journal of College Student Development, and Community, Work, and Family. Stephen’s other book with SAGE is The Work-Family Interface. He has also published The Handbook of Work and Family with co-authors Marcie Pitt-Catsouphes and Ellen Ernst Kossek; Managing Careers in the New Risk Economy, with co-investigator Phyllis Moen; College and Society: An Introduction to the Sociological Imagination, and Data Analysis with SPSS: A First Course in Applied Statistics. Stephen has been the recipient of a Sloan Officers Grant to study the effects of corporate downsizing on dual earner couples.

Peter Meiksins is a Professor of Sociology at Cleveland State University. He is the author of many articles on the sociology of work, including studies of the work experiences of engineers and part-time work in professional technical occupations and essays on labor process theory, professional work in comparative perspective, and contemporary labor relations. His work has appeared in a variety of journals, including Work and Occupations, Theory and Society, Economic and Industrial Democracy, Work, Employment and Society, and Sociological Quarterly. He is the author of Putting Work in Its Place: A Quiet Revolution (with Peter Whalley) and of Engineering Labour: Technical Workers in Comparative Perspective (with Chris Smith). Peter’s other books are Rethinking the Labor Process (with Mark Wardell and Tom Steiger) and Rising From the Ashes: Labor in the Age of Global Capitalism (with Ellen Wood and Michael Yates). He and co-investigator Peter Whalley received a major grant from the Sloan Foundation to study “Flexible Work for Technical Professionals.” Peter’s current research concerns the sociology of design work (a study of the work of graphic designers, industrial designers and interior designers). This research has been supported by a Fund for the Advancement of the Discipline grant from the American Sociological Foundation.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Mapping the Contours of Work
Scenes From the New Economy
Culture and Work
Structure and Work
Agency and Careers
Chapter 2: New Products, New Ways of Working, and the New Economy
A Post-Industrial Society?
The End of Mass Production?
New Skills?
New Cultures of Control?
The End of Organized Labor?
A New Global Economy?
Chapter 3: How New Is the New Economy?
Are Economic Divides or Narrowing or Widening in the U.S?
Are Career Pathways Opening or Closing?
Is the Global Economy Becoming More Flat or Bumpy?
Chapter 4: Whose Jobs Are Secure?
Risk and Work: Historical and Comparative Views
How Insecure Are Workers in the New Economy?
The Costs of Job Loss and Insecurity
Responding to Insecurity: Old and New Careers
Chapter 5: A Fair Day’s Work? The Intensity and Scheduling of Jobs in the New Economy
Time, Intensity, and Work
How Long Are We Working? Comparative Frameworks
Working Long, Working Hard
Why Are Americans Working So Much?
Nonstandard Schedules: Jobs in a 24/7 Economy
How Americans Deal With Overwork
Chapter 6: Gender Chasms in the New Economy
When did Home Work Become Nonwork?
Women’s Participation in the Paid Labor Force in America
Gender Inequalities in Compensation
Socialization, Career Selection, and Career Paths
Interpersonal Discrimination in the Workplace
Structural Dimensions of Gender Discrimination
Strategies to Bridge the Care Gaps: International Comparisons
Chapter 7: Race, Ethnicity, and Work: Legacies of the Past, Problems in the Present
Histories of Race, Ethnicity, and Work
The Magnitude of Racial Inequality in the New Economy
Intergenerational Transmission of Resources
Geographic Distribution of Race and Work Opportunity
Racial Prejudice and Discrimination
Racialized Jobs
Race, Ethnicity, and Work: Social Policy
Chapter 8: Reshaping the Contours of the New Economy
Opportunity Chasms
The Agents of Change

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