People at Work is noted sociologist Marjorie L. DeVault's groundbreaking edited collection of original essays on the complexities of work life in a time of profound economic change. By focusing on the lived experiences of the worker, not as an automaton on an assembly line, but as an embodied human of flesh and bone, the contributors offer important insight on the realities of the workplace, their effects on life at home and in communities, and the impact of change on workers' lives in the new, increasingly global, economy.
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About the Author
Marjorie L. DeVault is Professor of Sociology at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University. She is the author of Liberating Method: Feminism and Social Research and Feeding the Family: The Social Organization of Caring as Gendered Work.
Table of Contents
Introduction Marjorie L. DeVault 1
Ideologies of the Neoliberal Economy
"Hell on My Face": The Production of Workplace Il-literacy Nancy Jackson Bonnie Slade 25
Institutional Technologies: Coordinating Families and Schools, Bodies and Texts Alison I. Griffith Lois Andre-Bechely 40
The Promises and Realities of U.S. Microenterprise Development Nancy C. Jurik 57
Work, Disability, and Social Inclusion: The Promise and Problematics of EU Disability Policy Rannveig Traustadottir 74
Mobile Bodies: Incorporation Without Inclusion
Flexible Hiring, Immigration, and Indian IT Workers' Experiences of Contract Work in the United States Payal Banerjee 97
Economic Restructuring and the Social Regulation of Citizenship in the Heartland Nancy A. Naples 112
The Fictional Worlds of "Unencumbered Workers"
Training for Low-Wage Work: TANF Recipients Preparing for Health-Care Work Brenda Solomon 141
Women's Lives, Welfare's Time Limits Ellen K. Scott Andrew S. London 157
Personal Responsibility in Professional Work: The Academic "Star" as Ideological Code Catherine Richards Solomon 180
"Use What You Have, Be ThankfulYou Have It": Work and the Promise of Social Inclusion for Students with Disabilities Katrina Arndt 203
Fiscal Discipline: The Texts of Public-Sector Budget Cutting
Exploring Problematics of the Personal-Responsibility Welfare State: Issues of Family and Caregiving in Welfare-to-Work and Medicaid Consumer-Directed Care Programs Frank Ridzi 223
The "Textualized" Student: An Institutional Ethnography of a Funding Policy for Students with Special Needs in Ontario Yvette Daniel 248
(Dis)continuity of Care: Explicating the Ruling Relations of Home Support Marie Campbell 266
Conclusion Marjorie L. DeVault 289
What People are Saying About This
"DeVault's brilliant introduction transforms our understanding of work in contemporary North America. The collection as a whole, particularly the institutional ethnographies, expand and deepen her re-vision. A magnificent volume!"
-Dorothy E. Smith,of Institutional Ethnography: A Sociology for People
“DeVault has successfully organized these very diverse papers into a coherent collection that examines the way the everyday experiences of people are shaped by wider systems . . . the book is eminently readable and it makes a valuable contribution to professional as well as scholarly literature.”
-Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare