sociology of work


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sociology of work

the sociological analysis of work and its organization, including unpaid as well as paid labour. The general subject matter is analysed within its wider social, comparative context, in particular its interrelations with social, economic and political institutions. GENDER, ETHNICITY and SOCIAL CLASS are central subjects (Grint, 1998). Work ideologies have also been a principle concern in relation to occupational specialization (e.g. professionalism). The central unifying theme is the DIVISION OF LABOUR. The sub-discipline has also been the focus for debates concerning LABOUR PROCESS theory, NEW TECHNOLOGIES and LABOUR MARKET analysis within sociology

The term 'sociology of work’ became the generally accepted term for this sub-discipline partly as a consequence of the influence of the Open University course People and Organizations (cf. Esland and Salaman, 1975). This development was a reaction to the limitations sociologists found with INDUSTRIAL SOCIOLOGY, in particular, the preoccupation with manufacturing industry within industrial societies in consequence limiting industrial sociologists’ ability to fully analyse many aspects of work. Examples of these, now studied in the 'sociology of work’, include the dynamics of work relations and ideologies in relation to gender and race, the organization of domestic labour within society (see SEXUAL DIVISION OF LABOUR), and the effects of underemployment and unemployment. See also EMPLOYMENT, ORGANIZATIONAL THEORY.

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Work's Intimacy makes a fascinating and important contribution to cultural studies and the sociology of work and everyday life.
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Written in the tradition of Goffman's organizational theory, and especially of his conceptualization of the total institution, Britton's At Work in the Iron Cage is a major contribution to the sociology of work as well as to correctional literature.
Concentrating mostly on France, this paper considers the changing interests and the renewal of academic alliances in the sociology of work and labor over the last 50 years.
Although the sociology of work and organisations is perhaps no longer so central to sociology as a discipline, it is undeniable that changes in the way Australians work are key factors in social and political change as we move into the new millennium.
Furthermore, incorporating the interdependent work patterns of multiple individuals and the larger social and temporal contexts lays the foundation for a sociology of work time, which moves the study of time use beyond the individual level to the level of the collective.
The Realities of Work offers a skillful survey of key debates in the sociology of work.
In addition students in courses dealing with human resources management, organizational behaviour, sociology of work, labour relations, women's studies, race relations, human rights law, social policy, or public administration might find this book relevant to their concerns.
In the early 1970's, a group of scholars at the Laboratory of Economics and Sociology of Work, University of Aix-en-Provence, France, set up a monumental field research project comparing work organization, wage structure, and labor in French and German firms.
Kevin Doogan's account will appeal not just to scholars, but also to upper-level students across the social sciences, including the sociology of work, industrial relations, globalization, economics, social policy and business studies.
This is the second edition of a sociology of work text that differs from others in the field by focusing more extensively on work beyond standard paid work, although it retains a generally North American and European focus in its discussion of how work has developed and been studied over time.
It is for these reasons that this book would be best suited for courses in the Sociology of Work and selected chapters are suited for courses based on the effectiveness of formal education in attaining jobs, and in displaying the appropriateness of methodology in assessing research questions.