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An Introduction to the Sociology of Work and Occupations

An Introduction to the Sociology of Work and Occupations

Second Edition

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Sociology | Sociology of Work

October 2011 | 320 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
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With new, in-depth chapters on both globalization and technology, The Sociology of Work and Occupations, Second Edition connects work and occupations to the key subjects of sociological inquiry: social and technological change, race, ethnicity, gender, social class, education, social networks, and modes of organization. In 15 chapters, Rudi Volti succinctly but comprehensively covers the changes in the world of work, encompassing everything from hunting and gathering to work in today's Information Age.

New to the Second Edition:

• increased historical coverage with emphasis on current trends

• new figures, tables, and statistical data

• the chapter on globalization and technology has been split into two separate chapters in order to provide expanded coverage of two of the most important forces shaping work and occupations today

• expanded coverage of unionization, the sources of worker satisfaction and dissatisfaction, and the ongoing significance of race, ethnicity, and gender

Key Features:

• covers economic, technological, and social history, showing students how work and occupations have evolved over time

• vividly illustrates how different segments of society have been affected by profound changes in work and its social environment

• each chapter focuses on a core aspect of work and connects it to key sociological themes, topics, and issues

• weaves discussions of globalization and technological change and their relationship to work throughout the text

• end-of-chapter questions promote classroom debate and reflection

About the Author
1 Work before Industrialization
2 The Organization of Work in Preindustrial Times
3 Industrialization and Its Consequences
4 Bureaucratic Organization
5 Technology and Work
6 Globalization
7 Getting a Job
8 Workplace Culture and Socialization
9 Professions and Professionalization
10 Who Gets What?
11 Work and Its Rewards
12 The Perils and Pressures of Work
13 Diversity in the Workplace
14 Work Roles and Life Roles
15 Conclusion

Good coverage an a useful addition to our reading list

Dr Daniel King
Business Administration , Nottingham Trent University
April 20, 2012

A very clear introduction to the sociology of work and occupations. I recommend this book as supplemental material

Mr André Desmet
IPSOC, KATHO - South West Flanders
January 29, 2012

1st. Writing is clear and concise. Comprehensible for students of varying literacy skills.

2nd. Faculty resources helpful for faculty preparing or teaching course subject for the first time (PowerPoint’s, text banks, and web links).

3rd. The content is applicable to occupation shifts, and has practical examples to illuminate sociological concepts with examples.

4th. Price, of course. Affordability at an institution drawing students from lower socioeconomic backgrounds.

Dr Eduardo Perez
College Of Arts & Sciences, Bellevue University
November 1, 2011

Rudolph Robert Volti

Rudi Volti is Emeritus Professor Sociology at Pitzer College, where he taught courses on the sociology of work and occupations, economic sociology, technology and society, and complex organizations. He currently serves as book review editor for Transfers: The Journal of Interdisciplinary Mobility Studies. More About Author

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ISBN: 9781412992855