The Sociology of Work: Continuity and Change in Paid and Unpaid Work

Stephen Edgell


The Sociology of Work: Continuity and Change in Paid and Unpaid Work

The Sociology of Work: Continuity and Change in Paid and Unpaid Work

  • Title: The Sociology of Work: Continuity and Change in Paid and Unpaid Work
  • Author: Stephen Edgell
  • ISBN: 9780761948537
  • Page: 208
  • Format: Paperback



Steve Edgell has written an up to date, comprehensive guide to the sociology of every type of work paid and unpaid, standard and non standard, under and unemployment Sweeping in its historical reach and rigorous in its analysis of key issues of work, this book charts the rise of work from the first human societies and provides nuanced understanding of the issues at staSteve Edgell has written an up to date, comprehensive guide to the sociology of every type of work paid and unpaid, standard and non standard, under and unemployment Sweeping in its historical reach and rigorous in its analysis of key issues of work, this book charts the rise of work from the first human societies and provides nuanced understanding of the issues at stake in standard, non standard, unpaid and voluntary work Drawing on classic and contemporary theorists, the author covers key issues regarding paid work alienation, post industrial society, network enterprises in the informational society, flexibility, Fordism, McDonaldization, the destandardization of work, and the social impact of unemployment and underemployment discusses key issues regarding non paid work domestic work as work , the impact of technology, the impact of feminism, feminization and globalization offers a historical perspective of work and gender The overall sweep of the book from pre capitalist industrial to post globalism is attractive and challenging The extension of the study of work beyond paid office factory work is to be welcomed In short this book will make a wise and welcomed addition to the existing range of sociological texts Professor Huw Beynon, Director School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University Stephen Edgell s Sociology of Work is a reliable, comprehensive and accessible text He has taken a number of central themes in this field and engaged with the relevant literature and debates in a thoughtful and authoritative way The comparative and historical treatment of the topics offers an illuminating perspective on the contemporary world of work Students will find this book to be an invaluable resource I predict that their copies will become much thumbed and annotated John Eldridge, Emeritus Professor of Sociology, University of Glasgow.


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