Work 1th edition

ISBN:0745646794

ISBN13:9780745646794

Publisher:Polity

Author:Steven Vallas

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Work Description

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

Outlining the fundamental principles that unite social sciencethinking about work, Vallas offers an original discussion of themajor theoretical perspectives that inform workplace analysis,including Marxist, interactionist, feminist, and institutionalistschools of thought. Chapters are devoted to the labor process, toworkplace flexibility, to gender and racial inequalities at work,and to the link between globalization and the structure of work andauthority today. Major topics include the relation between work andidentity; the relation between workplace culture and managerialcontrol; and the performance of emotional labor within serviceoccupations.

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

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