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SAGE Handbook of the Sociology of Work and Employment

by Stephen Edgell, Edward Granter and Heidi Gottfried SAGE Publications Ltd
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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.

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

As several contributors recognize, the old caricature of SWE as the study of male, unionized, manual workplaces was never entirely adequate, but this Handbook conclusively demonstrates how the SWE agenda 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… A valuable source book for all students of the sociology of work and employment.

I have been interested in the sociology of work all my academic career. At the beginning I taught undergraduate courses at the University of Salford on the Sociology of Industrial Capitalism and researched the work-family nexus with reference to professional workers and their wives (Middle-Class Couples: A Study of Segregation, Domination and Inequality in Marriage, 1980). Although my research career moved in the direction of political sociology (A Measure of Thatcherism: A Sociology of Britain, 1991), social class (Class, 1993), consumption (Consumption Matters: The Production and Experience of Consumption, 1996), and the social theories of Thorstein Veblen (Veblen in Perspective: His Life and Thought, 2001), throughout this period I maintained an interest in the sociology of work via teaching. This varied research career encompassed qualitative methods (case studies), quantitative methods (panel study), and historical methods (archival research). The tendency for sociology of work textbooks to focus on standard paid work to the relative exclusion of non-standard work and unpaid work prompted me to suggest to Chris Rojek at SAGE that I write a sociology of work textbook that covers 'work' more comprehensively. With his encouragement the first edition of this book was published in 2006. I welcomed the opportunity to revise and update completely the First Edition since it enabled me to address some sins of omission and commission that I was aware of, many of which were noted in the constructive criticisms by reviewers enlisted by SAGE.