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The SAGE Handbook of the Sociology of Work and Employment


© 2015 | 728 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

The SAGE Handbook of the Sociology of Work and Employment is a landmark collection of original contributions by leading specialists from around the world.

The coverage is both comprehensive and comparative (in terms of time and space) and each ‘state of the art’ chapter provides a critical review of the literature combined with some thoughts on the direction of research. This authoritative text is structured around six core themes: 

  • Historical Context and Social Divisions
  • The Experience of Work
  • The Organization of Work
  • Nonstandard Work and Employment
  • Work and Life beyond Employment
  • Globalization and the Future of Work.      

Globally, the contours of work and employment are changing dramatically. This handbook helps academics and practitioners make sense of the impact of these changes on individuals, groups, organizations and societies.

Written in an accessible style with a helpful introduction, the retrospective and prospective nature of this volume will be an essential resource for students, teachers and policy-makers across a range of fields, from business and management, to sociology and organization studies.

Stephen Edgell, Edward Granter and Heidi Gottfried
1. Introduction: Studies of Work and Employment at the Global Frontier
 
PART 1 HISTORICAL CONTEXT AND SOCIAL DIVISIONS
Tim Strangleman
2. The Disciplinary Career of the Sociology of Work
Tracey Warren
3. Work and Social Theory
Barry Eidlin
4. Class and Work
Harriet Bradley
5. Gender and Work
Evelyn Nakano Glenn
6. Race, Racialization and Work
 
PART 2 THE EXPERIENCE OF WORK
Arne Kalleberg
7. Good Jobs, Bad Jobs
Philip Hodgkiss
8. The Origins and the Ideal of Dignity in the Sociology of Work and Employment
Miguel Martinez- Lucio
9. Capital and Labour: The shifting terrains of struggle and accommodation in labour and employment relations
Leo McCann
10. From Management to Leadership
Stephen Ackroyd and Paul Thompson
11. Unruly Subjects: Misbehaviour in the Workplace
Chris Smith
12. Rediscovery of the Labour Process
Alan Felstead
13. The Skill Debate: Concepts, Measures and Evidence
 
PART 3 WORK AND ORGANIZATION
Charles Heckscher
14. From Bureaucracy to Networks
Mats Alvesson
15. Organizational Culture
Matt Vidal
16. Industrialization, Fordism and the Golden Age of Atlantic Capitalism:
Huw Beynon
17. Beyond Fordism
Amy Wharton
18. Interactive Service Work
Kiran Mirchandani
19. The Organization of Service Work
 
Part 4 NON-STANDARD FORMS OF WORK AND EMPLOYMENT
Vicki Smith
20. Employment Uncertainty and Risk
Francoise Carre
21. Destandardization: Qualitative and Quantitative
Martha Chen
22. Informal Employment: Theory & Reality
Kevin Hewison
23. Precarious Work
Janeen Baxter and Tsui-O Tai
24. Unpaid Domestic Labor
 
PART 5 WORK AND LIFE OUTSIDE EMPLOYMENT
Ken Roberts
25. Unemployment
Rebecca Taylor
26. Volunteering and Unpaid Work
Abigail Gregory
27. Work-Life Balance
Michael Bittman
28. Working Time
Karin Gottschall and Irene Dingeldey
29. Work and Social Policy
 
PART 6 GLOBALIZATION AND THE FUTURE OF WORK
Paul Stewart and Brian Garvey
30. Global Value Chains, Organisations and Industrial Work
Winnie Poster and Nima Yolmo
31. Globalization and Outsourcing
Eleonore Kofman
32. Globalization and Labour Migrations
David Frayne
33. Critiques of Work
Jennifer Jihye Chun and Rina Agarwala
34. Global Labour Politics in the 21st Century: Organizing in Informal and Precarious Jobs
Peter Evans and Chris Tilly
35. The Future of Work: Escaping the Current Dystopian Trajectory and Building Better Alternatives

An authoritative, engaging and extremely timely collection. From global trends in paid and unpaid employment to the impacts on individuals and communities, the Handbook makes a powerful case for the centrality of work to both society and sociology. Across a range of themes, debates and topics, we are confronted with the social realities of today’s working lives and compellingly reminded of the importance of the sociological imagination.

Alan Irwin
Professor of Organization, Copenhagen Business School

The SAGE Handbook of the Sociology of Work and Employment provides a comprehensive introduction to contemporary issues in the sociology of work. Together with leading contributors, editors Edgell, Gottfried, and Granter advance novel and timely sociological understandings of the dynamics behind major trends in paid and unpaid work and employment and their impacts on individuals, groups, organizations and societies. The Handbook is an informative text that will serve as an excellent resource for undergraduate students and scholars alike.

Leah F. Vosko
Professor of Political Science and Canada Research Chair in The Political Economy of Gender & Work York University, Canada

I cannot welcome enough The SAGE Handbook of the Sociology of Work and Employment. As a collection it is not only wide-ranging and instructive but also original and stimulating.   In assembling such high quality works by world leading authorities Steve Edgell, Heidi Gottfried and Ed Granter have made a significant contribution to the study of occupations and organizations. The various sections engage the reader in discovering the contemporary context and experience of work in a vibrant text which reports the latest developments in theory and practice. This is a marvellous volume and teachers and students will love it.

John Hassard
Professor of Organisational Analysis, Manchester Business School

The present volume, in its encyclopaedic coverage, is an achievement in mapping out the contours of a classic field of sociological study, as well as demonstrating its pertinence to the present day.

Carl Rhodes, University of Technology Sydney, Australia
Journal of Industrial Relations

This Handbook conclusively demonstrates how the sociology of work and employment has long transcended any such narrow boundaries and continues to push further in key respects, providing a firm basis for coming to grips with the profound changes in work and employment that are currently underway. Highlighting a rich topical literature and identifying emerging research agendas...this is a valuable source book for all students of the sociology of work and employment.

Tony Elger
Work. Employment and Society Journal

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