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Work: A Critique

By: Steven Vallas (Northeastern University)


Description

This book provides a critical overview of the myriad literatures on “work,” viewed not only as a product of the marketplace but also as a social and political construct. Drawing on theoretical and empirical contributions from sociology, history, economics, and organizational studies, the book brings together perspectives that too often remain balkanized, using each to explore the nature of work today.

Outlining the fundamental principles that unite social science thinking about work, Vallas offers an original discussion of the major theoretical perspectives that inform workplace analysis, including Marxist, interactionist, feminist, and institutionalist schools of thought. Chapters are devoted to the labor process, to workplace flexibility, to gender and racial inequalities at work, and to the link between globalization and the structure of work and authority today. Major topics include the relation between work and identity; the relation between workplace culture and managerial control; and the performance of emotional labor within service occupations.

This concise book will be invaluable to students at all levels as it explores a range of insights to make sense of pressing issues that drive the social scientific study of work today.

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Hardcover
Status
Available
Edition
First Edition
ISBN
9780745646787
ISBN10
0745646786
Publication Dates ROW:
Dec 2011
Publication Dates US:
Dec 2011
Publication Dates Aus & NZ:
Dec 2011


Format
224 x 145 mm
8.80 x 5.70 in
Pages
200 pages
Paperback
Status
Available
Edition
First Edition
ISBN
9780745646794
ISBN10
0745646794
Publication Dates ROW:
Dec 2011
Publication Dates US:
Dec 2011
Publication Dates Aus & NZ:
Dec 2011



Format
219 x 140 mm
8.60 x 5.50 in
Pages
200 pages
E-book
Status
Available
Edition
First Edition
ISBN
9780745680705
ISBN10
0745680704
Publication Dates ROW:
Dec 2013
Publication Dates US:
Dec 2013
Publication Dates Aus & NZ:
Dec 2013


Format
229 x 152 mm
9.02 x 5.98 in
Pages
200 pages

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Reviews

"I highly recommend this book. It addresses all the important issues of work in our time."
International Sociology

"An exhaustive study of a concept that has, over the past half-decade or so, been brought under the lenses of scholars in a variety of different fields of research, from sociology to economics, politics to philosophy ... Work fosters a dialogue that cuts across [these] disciplines."
Marx & Philosophy

"A leading sociologist in the fields of work, organizations, economy, and social theory, Vallas provides an innovative, erudite, exhaustive, and lucidly written synthesis and depiction of the evolution of research in the sociology of work. Linking the discipline to important economic and political developments of the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries, the book illumines pathways in this dynamic and central field of sociology for students, scholars and practitioners who are researching, teaching, and humanizing the world of work."
Daniel B. Cornfield, Vanderbilt University

"Steven Vallas's Work has the great virtue of providing a strong theoretical overview of the sociology of work, at the same time as it discusses work's historical emergence and ongoing development under capitalism. The combination will make the text an invaluable resource for students at all levels."
Leslie Salzinger, University of California, Berkeley

"Steven Vallas's Work is an important piece of scholarship and easily the best book on what is happening to work, workers and the workplace to be published in the last decade. Vallas synthesizes multiple strands of research into an integrated whole. The volume is a must read for anyone interested in from where we've come and to where we're headed."
Stephen R. Barley, Stanford University

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction
2. Capitalism, Taylorism, and the Problem of Labor Control
3. From Fordism to Flexibility?
4. Ascriptive Inequalities
     I. Gender
5. Ascriptive Inequalities
     II. Race, Ethnicity and Diversity
6. The Globalization of Work
7. Conclusion

Bibliography

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Author Information

Steven Peter Vallas is Professor and Chair of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Northeastern University.

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