You are here

Sociology of Work

Sociology of Work
An Encyclopedia

Two Volume Set
Edited by:

June 2013 | 1 192 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

The simple act of going to work every day is an integral part of all societies across the globe. It is an ingrained social contract: we all work to survive. But it goes beyond physical survival. Psychologists have equated losing a job with the trauma of divorce or a family death, and enormous issues arise, from financial panic to sinking self-esteem. Through work, we build our self-identity, our lifestyle, and our aspirations. How did it come about that work dominates so many parts of our lives and our psyche? This multi-disciplinary encyclopedia covers curricular subjects that seek to address that question, ranging from business and management to anthropology, sociology, social history, psychology, politics, economics, and health.

Features & Benefits:

  • International and comparative coverage.
  • 335 signed entries, A-to-Z, fill 2 volumes in print and electronic formats.
  • Cross-References and Suggestions for Further Readings guide readers to additional resources.
  • A Chronology provides students with historical perspective of the sociology of work.
  • In the electronic version, the comprehensive Index combines with the Cross-References and thematic Reader's Guide themes to provide robust search-and-browse capabilities.

"This internationally authored two-volume set treats an area of sociological research infrequently examined in depth by reference resources....The goal of this encyclopedia is "to comprehensively identify the numerous factors ... that create, sustain and characterize work organizations and social relations' within the US and 15 other industrial societies worldwide....This is a valuable resource for libraries supporting undergraduate and graduate programs in the social sciences and business. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Lower-division undergraduates through researchers/faculty; general readers."

R.B.M. Ridinger
Northern Illinois University

"Broad and comprehensive in scope, both descriptive and analytical, Sociology of Work will be helpful to everyone striving to understand these vastly diverse and complex dimensions of the contemporary world of work."

Sir Read A Lot
Sir Read A Lot
September 2013, Issue #173

"... This superb SAGE digital publication is rich in content, intuitive to use, and highly recommended for public and academic libraries."

Anthony Raymond
Santa Clara University
Reference & User Services Quarterly

Vicki Smith

Vicki Smith is professor of sociology at the University of California, Davis. She received her B.A. in sociology from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and her Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1987. For her first major research project, her dissertation, she analyzed the transformation of middle management at the Bank of America, at the time (mid-1980s) the most powerful bank in the world. Interested in middle managers’ labor process, Smith looked at how managers’ experiences varied by organizational context and how their perceptions were conditioned by moving from the stable employment and organizational... More About Author

Purchasing options

Please select a format:

ISBN: 9781452205069

SAGE Knowledge is the ultimate social sciences digital library for students, researchers, and faculty. Hosting more than 4,400 titles, it includes an expansive range of SAGE eBook and eReference content, including scholarly monographs, reference works, handbooks, series, professional development titles, and more.

The platform allows researchers to cross-search and seamlessly access a wide breadth of must-have SAGE book and reference content from one source.