People at Work (Paperback)

Life, Power, and Social Inclusion in the New Economy

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A collection of essays on the complexities of the modern-day workplace. It offers insight on the realities of the workplace, and their effects on life at home and in communities. It addresses issues from disability rights to immigrant labor, welfare reforms to budget cuts, competition to personal motivations.

Product Details

Barcode
9780814720042
Department
Books
Released
1 Mar 2008
Supply Source
UK

Book

Authors
Marjorie DeVault (Editor)
Marjorie L. Devault (Editor)
Subtitle
Life, Power, and Social Inclusion in the New Economy
Binding
Paperback
Publisher
New York University Press
Language
English
Number of Pages
352
Dimensions
226 x 152 x 25mm (478g)

Summary

People at Work is noted sociologist Marjorie L. DeVault’s groundbreaking collection of original essays on the complexities of the modern-day workplace. By focusing on the lived experiences of the worker, not as an automaton on an assembly line, but as an embodied human of flesh and bone, these essays offer important insight on the realities of the workplace, and their effects on life at home and in communities. With contributions from some of today’s top scholars, each essay is a detailed case study of a different aspect of the working world.

Compelling, lively, and sometimes chilling, the contributors address issues from disability rights to immigrant labor, welfare reforms to budget cuts, competition to personal motivations. Each one valuable on its own, the essays in People at Work combine to illuminate the hurdles that workers of all backgrounds struggle with and, more broadly, the impact of change on workers’ lives in the new, increasingly global, economy.

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General Subject
Sociology
BISAC Subject 1
Social Science / Sociology / General
BIC Classification 1
Sociology: work & labour
BIC Classification 2
Office & workplace
Library Subject 1
Industrial sociology
Library Subject 2
Work - Social aspects
Dewey Classification
306.36
Readership
Undergraduate

Author Bio

Marjorie L. DeVault is Professor of Sociology at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University. She is the author of Liberating Method: Feminism and Social Research and Feeding the Family: The Social Organization of Caring as Gendered Work.

Review Quotes

"DeVault's brilliant introduction transforms our understanding of work in contemporary North America. The collection as a whole, particularly the institutional ethnographies, expand and deepen her re-vision. A magnificent volume!"

-Dorothy E. Smith,of Institutional Ethnography: A Sociology for People "DeVault has successfully organized these very diverse papers into a coherent collection that examines the way the everyday experiences of people are shaped by wider systems . . . the book is eminently readable and it makes a valuable contribution to professional as well as scholarly literature."

-Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare