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Sociology, work and industry

Author: Tony J Watson
Publisher: London ; New York : Routledge, 2008.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : Fifth editionView all editions and formats
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In this new edition, Tony Watson explains how the discipline of sociology can contribute to our wider understanding of the variety of work practices and institutions which exist in modern societies.
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Tony J Watson
ISBN: 9780415435543 0415435544 9780415435550 0415435552 9780203928479 0203928474
OCLC Number: 174501273
Description: xvi, 390 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
Contents: 1. Studying work and society --
People, work and society --
Thinking about work sociologically --
Sociology, critique and democratic debate about work --
Researching and theorising work patterns and experiences --
Coping with the variety of orientation in the sociology of work and industry --
2. The sociological analysis of work and industry --
Six strands of thought in the sociology of work --
The managerial-psychologistic strand --
The Durkheim-systems strand --
The interactionist strand --
The Weber-interpretivist strand --
The Marxian strand --
The poststructuralist strand and postmodernism --
Towards a language-sensitive but not language-centred sociology of work and organisation --
3. Work, society and globalisation --
The nature of modern societies --
The emergence of industrial capitalism --
Industrialisation and the changing division of labour --
Technology, science and social change --
Industrial capitalism: change and transition --
McDonaldisation and the blurring of the manufacturing-service distinction --
Globalisation in perspective --
The organisational principle of work structuring --
The nature of work organisations --
Official and unofficial aspects of organisations --
Organisational structures and cultures --
Official structure and culture: basic organisational design principles --
The limits of bureaucracy and the paradox of consequences --
The virtues of bureaucracy, virtual organisations and the fantasy of the post-bureaucratic organisation --
Contingency and choice in the shaping of organisational structures and cultures --
Micropolitics, careers and unofficial management practices --
5. The changing organisation and control of work --
Work restructuring and the logic of corporate management --
Choice and circumstance in the shaping of employment or 'human resourcing' practices --
The pursuit of flexibility and direct and indirect managerial control options --
Change and continuity in HR strategies and work practices --
Information and communication technologies (ICTs) and control --
Culture management and worker subjectivity --
6. Occupations, inequality and varieties of work --
The occupational principle of work structuring --
Occupational structure, class, status and inequality --
Labour market segmentation and non-standard employment --
Work outside employment --
Gender and inequality --
Ethnicity and inequality --
Occupational socialisation and recruitment --
Occupational careers --
Occupational identity, culture and ideology --
Occupational communities --
Professionalisation and occupational strategies --
7. Work experiences, identities and meanings --
Work, meaning and culture --
Entering work --
Work and satisfaction --
Technology, work experience and alienation --
Work orientations: variations, dynamics and the negotiation of implicit contracts --
Women's preferences, choices and work orientations --
Identity, discourse and work experience --
Anxiety, emotion and sexuality at work --
Work and non-working lives --
8. Conflict, resistance and misbehaviour in work --
Conflict and cooperation at work --
Analysing conflict at work --
Contradictions and conflicts --
Effort bargains, fragile implicit contracts and the inevitability of grievances --
The mobilisation of interests --
Adjustment, resistance and organisational mischief.
Responsibility: Tony J. Watson.
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