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An Introduction to the Sociology of Work and Occupations

An Introduction to the Sociology of Work and Occupations

Second Edition

October 2011 | 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

Good coverage an a useful addition to our reading list

Dr Daniel King
Business Administration , Nottingham Trent University
April 20, 2012

A very clear introduction to the sociology of work and occupations. I recommend this book as supplemental material

Mr André Desmet
IPSOC, KATHO - South West Flanders
January 29, 2012

1st. Writing is clear and concise. Comprehensible for students of varying literacy skills.

2nd. Faculty resources helpful for faculty preparing or teaching course subject for the first time (PowerPoint’s, text banks, and web links).

3rd. The content is applicable to occupation shifts, and has practical examples to illuminate sociological concepts with examples.

4th. Price, of course. Affordability at an institution drawing students from lower socioeconomic backgrounds.

Dr Eduardo Perez
College Of Arts & Sciences, Bellevue University
November 1, 2011
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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