Sociology, Work, and Industry

Sociology, Work, and Industry

Sociology, Work, and Industry

Sociology, Work, and Industry

Synopsis

In the third edition of this successful and popular text, Tony Watson explains how the discipline of sociology can contribute to our wider understanding of the variety of work practices and institutions which exist in modern societies. He travels the full journey from the founding ideas of the discipline to post-modernist departures and develops all the main areas: occupations; organizations; work experience; industrial relations; industrial society and theory. The book ends with a thoroughly revised chapter covering the major questions of how work experience and global patterns of relationships are changing now and may change in the future.

Excerpt

The Aim of Sociology, Work and Industry is to present an integrated account of how the discipline of sociology can contribute to our wider understanding of the variety of work practices and institutions which exist in modern societies. The fact that the nature, terminology and basic rationale of the discipline of sociology is introduced from basic principles in the early chapters of the book means that a reader new to sociology can derive the full benefit from reading the contributions which sociologists offer to help make sense of what is happening in the sphere of work. The sociology of work and industry can play an important role in informing the understandings and choices which human beings will make about their roles in the changing world of work and employment.

The book has been written both to explain the ‘classical’ traditions of industrial sociology and to give an overview of new developments in the broader ‘sociology of work and industry’. It travels the full journey from the founding ideas of the discipline to postmodernist departures. Full account is taken of issues which have the traditional industrial enterprise as their focus, but the text . . .

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