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Author: Steven P Vallas
Publisher: Cambridge, England ; Malden, MA : Polity Press, ©2012.
Series: Key concepts (Polity Press)
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Vallas, Steven Peter.
Work.
Cambridge, England ; Malden, MA : Polity Press, ©2012
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Steven P Vallas
ISBN: 0745680704 9780745680705
OCLC Number: 895714621
Description: 1 online resource.
Contents: Cover; Half Title; Key concepts; Title Page; Copyright; Contents; List of Figures and Tables; 1 Introduction; Approaching Work; Three Rules of Thumb; Schools of Thought in the Sociology of Work; Conclusion; 2 Capitalism, Taylorism, and the Problem of Labor Control; Taylorism and the De-skilling Debate; Workplace Culture and Managerial Control; Workers as Subjects: Governing the Worker's Soul; Conclusion; 3 From Fordism to Flexibility?; The End of Fordism; Flexible Specialization; Scrutinizing Workplace Flexibility; 4 Ascriptive Inequalities at Work, I: Gender. Studying Gender Inequality at WorkThe Gendering of Work in the United States; Human Capital Theory and Supply Side Approaches; Structural Approaches: The Demand Side of the Equation; Social Networks: The Web of Affiliations; The Devaluation of Women's Work; Conclusions; 5 Ascriptive Inequalities, II: Race, Ethnicity, and Diversity at Work; The Continuing Significance of Race at Work; Social Closure Processes; Social Networks and Hiring Practices; Race-Typing and the Devaluation of Black Labor; The Concept of Diversity: Reinforcing Inequality?; Conclusion; 6 The Globalization of Work. Neo-liberalism: The Cult of the MarketplaceGlobalization: The Debate; Regulating Global Capitalism: Solidarity Movements and Codes of Conduct; Conclusion; 7 Conclusion; Notes; References; Index.
Series Title: Key concepts (Polity Press)
Responsibility: Steven Peter Vallas.

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Provides a concise overview of how work is understood and defined, both as a concrete aspect of economic life, but also its social and political meanings. Draws on theoretical and empirical  Read more...

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