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An Introduction to the Sociology of Work and Occupations

An Introduction to the Sociology of Work and Occupations

Second Edition

© 2012 | 320 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
The Sociology of Work and Occupations, Second Edition connects work and occupations to the key subjects of sociological inquiry: social and technological change, race, ethnicity, gender, social class, education, social networks, and modes of organization. In 15 chapters, Rudi Volti succinctly but comprehensively covers the changes in the world of work, encompassing everything from gathering and hunting to working in today's Information Age. This book introduces students to a highly relevant analysis of society today. In this new and updated edition, globalization and technology are each given their own chapter and discussed in great depth.
About the Author
1 Work before Industrialization
2 The Organization of Work in Preindustrial Times
3 Industrialization and Its Consequences
4 Bureaucratic Organization
5 Technology and Work
6 Globalization
7 Getting a Job
8 Workplace Culture and Socialization
9 Professions and Professionalization
10 Who Gets What?
11 Work and Its Rewards
12 The Perils and Pressures of Work
13 Diversity in the Workplace
14 Work Roles and Life Roles
15 Conclusion


Instructor Teaching Site
A password-protected Instructor Teaching Site available at comes with Chapter Summaries and Outlines, PowerPoint Presentations, and Test Questions for each chapter.

“The discussion of jobs, human capital, and credentials is practical and engaging!”


Deborah Barnes-Drummond
Barry University

“The book's strengths are the depth of historical analysis punctuated by statistics and relevant references, its nice, easy-to-read flow, and its subtle sense of humor. Volti's book covers all the important aspects of work.”


Elena Gabor
Bradley University

“I really appreciate the fact that Volti's text is well-written and very accessible to undergraduate students.”


Judi Kessler
Monmouth College

"In 15 chapters, Rudi Volti, succinctly but comprehensively covers the changes in the world of work, encompassing everything from gathering and hunting to working in today's Information Age."

Enjoyed text with test bank and PowerPoint presentations.

Mr Paul OBrien
Sociology, California State University, Stanislaus
January 8, 2015
Key features

New To This Edition

  • Increase in historical coverage with heavy emphasis on current trends
  • Incorporation of new figures, tables, and statistical data
  • Seperation and expansion of chapters on globalization and technology to provide further detail on two of the most important forces shaping work and occupations today
  • Expansion of coverage of unionization, worker satisfaction and dissatisfaction, and the ongoing significance of race, ethnicity, and gender as it relates to work to keep students informed of the most current topics and trends

Key Features

  • Provides relevant coverage of economic, technological, and social history so that students thoroughly understand how work and occupations has evolved over time
  • Vividly illustrates how different segments of society have been affected by profound changes in work and its social environment
  • Focuses on a core aspect of work and occupations in each chapter, and connects it to key sociological themes, topics, and issues
  • Weaves discussions of globalization and technological change and their relationship to work throughout the text, beginning with the opening pages
  • Provides end-of-chapter questions that promote classroom debate and reflection on important issues facing today's students and workers

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