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The Sociology of Work: From Industrial Sociology to Work, Employment and the Economy

Edwards, Paul (2013) The Sociology of Work: From Industrial Sociology to Work, Employment and the Economy. Discussion Paper. University of Birmingham, Birmingham.



The paper reviews the progress of the sociology of work in Britain since 1945. It identifies two long-standing influences, Marxism and Weberian analysis, and a third more recent approach shaped by post-modernism. It disputes claims associated with the last, that the field suffers from fragmentation and lack of integration in mainstream sociology. It demonstrates, by contrast, a continuing ability to address the changing nature of work, reflected in constructive debate between the first two approaches. The definition of the field has also broadened considerably. Future challenges include the analysis of developments at the top of the class structure, that is a sociology of managers and of capital, and those at the bottom, notably the effects of migration on work and employment.

Type of Work:Monograph (Discussion Paper)
School/Faculty:Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Social Sciences
Number of Pages:29
Department:Birmingham Business School
Date:05 June 2013
Series/Collection Name:Birmingham Business School Discussion Paper Series
Keywords:economic sociology, sociology of work, work and employment
Subjects:H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Copyright Status:This discussion paper is copyright of the University, the author and/or third parties. The intellectual property rights in respect of this work are as defined by The Copyright Designs and Patents Act 1988 or as modified by any successor legislation. Any use made of information contained in this paper must be in accordance with that legislation and must be properly acknowledged. Copies of the paper may be distributed and quotations used for research and study purposes, with due attribution. However, commercial distribution or reproduction in any format is prohibited without the permission of the copyright holder.
Copyright Holders:The Authors and the University of Birmingham
ID Code:1715

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