The Social Organization of Work, Fifth Edition, takes an analytical approach to the study of work that not only identifies and discusses substantive issues but also allows students the opportunity to better develop their analysis, reasoning, and argumentative skills. The authors achieve this by combining their key areas of expertise--industrial sociology, occupations, and professions - to present a unified view of the sociology of work. Chapter topics are organized around the framework of five key themes: technology, global perspectives, class relations, gender, and race. The world of work, how it is changing, and the implications of these changes for individuals and families are thoroughly explored in this contemporary and relevant text.
New to this Edition
- Inclusion of more first-hand ethnographic material in which workers speak with their own voices to tie conceptual material to “real-world” perspectives more effectively.
- Increase in highlighting of the conceptual underpinnings of each section through more extensive use of paragraph-level headings.
- Updates to data, concepts, and sources.
- Rigorous edits to the manuscript for length and style so that each chapter can be read in one sitting.
- NEW Throughout this edition, you will find much that is new, including updated data, information, events, concepts, sources, recommended readings, internet sites, and films; additional evidence from original social science research; a strengthened focus on globalization of work and its implications; more explicit connections between sociology of work issues and more general sociological themes; and a highlight on the critical nature of our perspective in going beyond existing popular assumptions about the sources and solutions to workplace issues.
- NEW Chapter 1, "The Evolution of Work," offers deepened connections to founding issues and scholarship in sociology, as well as a more explicitly prefigured globalization as a pivotal issue of the 21st century.
- NEW Chapter 2, "Studying the World of Work," includes a new example of the case study method, written by an anthropologist, to amplify cross-disciplinary perspectives in the chapter. The case is based on General Motors, a company of interest to scholars of work because of its multinational success and its recent bankruptcy proceedings (Box 2.3).
- NEW Chapter 3, "Meaningful Work," offers an increased focus both on stressful and rewarding work, and has linked issues of meaning and work satisfaction to broader themes in sociology.
- NEW Chapter 4, "Class, Race and Gender," offers much new content, including sections on affirmative action to include the history of how it has been applied and changed over time in implementation, consequences, and limitations including new materials on white backlash against affirmative action and continuities and change in racial prejudice; updated data from 2010 BLS and the 2010 U.S. Census publication; and new suggested reading, movies, You Tube videos and PBS videos.
- NEW In addition to current data, Chapter 5, "Work and Family," offers increased integration of class, race and gender themes into discussion of family and personal life cycle. The authors have also developed new theme of spill-over between work and personal life with both positive and negative effects.
- NEW In Chapter 6, "Collective Responses to Work," the authors have focused on current challenges to union organizing at work and alternatives, such as community organizing and living wage campaign, and discuss globalization and transnational challenges to union organizing in more depth.
- NEW Chapter 7, "Technology and Organization," covers increased linkages of technology and organization to daily lived experiences of young workers, and offers an amplified discussion of corporate accountability and its centrality to the economic issues facing industrially advanced nations today.
- NEW Chapter 8, "From Field, Mine, and Factory," discusses materials on organic and green production and technologies, as well as the implication of global production chains linking the nations and workers of the world into a unified economic unit.
- NEW Chapter 9, "The High-Tech Workplace," covers new material on the growing field of nano-technology in addition to the continuing expansion of information technology, as well as technological invasions of privacy inside and outside the workplace.
- NEW Chapter 10, "Services," presents a new box on geriatric care management, which documents an emerging occupation in the service area, to explain its origin and some of the conflicts involved in creating new occupational specialties.
- NEW Among many updates, Chapter 12, "Managers," offers an increased focus on challenges of women and minorities in management jobs; a new box on managing a major league baseball team, which illustrates how the issues of management extend to all sorts of organizations; and a new box on failure and fraud among American managers, which includes information on the failures that immediately preceded the fall of Lehman Brothers in 2008, as well as a presentation of the Ponzi scheme of Bernard Madoff.
- NEW Chapter 16, "Globalization," presents an expanded discussion of resistance to globalization by workers and communities, and provides increased detail on the range of national reactions to globalization with increased content on both European reactions and reactions in the developing world.
- NEW Chapter 17, "The Future of Work," offers increased attention to the issue of international labor migration as a component of contemporary work organization, as well as increased linkages between emerging themes in the organization of work and the opportunities and choices facing students as they complete college and enter the world of work.
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