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The Sociology of Work: Continuity and Change in Paid and Unpaid Work Paperback – 18 Dec 2005


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  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications Ltd; annotated edition edition (18 Dec 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0761948538
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761948537
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 1.5 x 24.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 187,688 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Stephen Edgell is to be commended for his ability to provide an overview of how work has been influenced by social structures over time. This book is divided into 10 chapters which cover the complexity of how 'work' in its many forms has been studied and explored, primarily in European and North American contexts. As a survey text of occupations related to work, this is a good starting point for readers interested in obtaining a broad grounding in understanding theoretical perspectives and their application." - Lynn Cockburn, Journal of Occupational Science

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I have been interested in the sociology of work all my academic career. At the beginning I taught undergraduate courses at the University of Salford on the Sociology of Industrial Capitalism and researched the work-family nexus with reference to professional workers and their wives (Middle-Class Couples: A Study of Segregation, Domination and Inequality in Marriage, 1980). Although my research career moved in the direction of political sociology (A Measure of Thatcherism: A Sociology of Britain, 1991), social class (Class, 1993), consumption (Consumption Matters: The Production and Experience of Consumption, 1996), and the social theories of Thorstein Veblen (Veblen in Perspective: His Life and Thought, 2001), throughout this period I maintained an interest in the sociology of work via teaching. This varied research career encompassed qualitative methods (case studies), quantitative methods (panel study), and historical methods (archival research).

The tendency for sociology of work textbooks to focus on standard paid work to the relative exclusion of non-standard work and unpaid work prompted me to suggest to Chris Rojek at SAGE that I write a sociology of work textbook that covers 'work' more comprehensively. With his encouragement the first edition of this book was published in 2006. I welcomed the opportunity to revise and update completely the First Edition since it enabled me to address some sins of omission and commission that I was aware of, many of which were noted in the constructive criticisms by reviewers enlisted by SAGE.


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By Tony lu on 25 Oct 2013
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it contains a lots of theoretical knowledge, which fits to my content of the module in the university. it is good
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By doc on 30 July 2013
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An excellent overview of work and its meaning. Very readable. I would recommend it to anyone interested in this field.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bavas Andrea on 28 Feb 2012
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Absolutely brilliant book! Came on time, excellent condition! The authors other books are also very very good! If you liked this one you'll like the others too!
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