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Introduction to the Sociology of Work and Occupations 2ed

by Rudi Volti Pine Forge Press
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An Introduction to the Sociology of Work and Occupations 2ed 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, globalisation and technology are each given their own chapter and discussed in great depth.

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 Glossary Index

aThe discussion of jobs, human capital, and credentials is practical and engaging!a A Deborah Barnes-Drummond aThe 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.a A Elena Gabor aI really appreciate the fact that Volti's text is well-written and very accessible to undergraduate students.a A Judi Kessler
Rudi Volti is Emeritus Professor Sociology at Pitzer College, where he taught courses on the sociology of work and occupations, economic sociology, technology and society, and complex organizations. He currently serves as book review editor for Transfers: The Journal of Interdisciplinary Mobility Studies.