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Sociology of Work and Industry

In 'Sociology, Work and Industry,' Tony Watson argues that sociology came about in the first place to make sense of the massive upheavals caused by the industrialization of societies, and believes that its potential is no less in the face of contemporary upheavals. Sociology of Work and Industry includes a wide range of work areas, addressing such current topics as: Work and Family, Labor force trends, Workplace Diversity, Internal labor markets, Organizational careers, Organizational Culture Work group dynamics, Socialization processes, Absenteeism, Violence in the workplace, Gender and Race relations, Labor-management relations, Work attitudes and behaviors, State regulation of the workplace, Technological change and labor process, Worker Cultures. Sociology of Work and Industry provides perspectives on the dynamics of the workplace and international approaches to work-related issues. Analysis of all forms of work and critical examination of the changing nature of work, their relation to wider social processes and structures, and to the quality of life.

Sociology of Work and Industry - Journals

Work, Employment & Society: Published in Association with BSA
Editor: Paul Stewart University of The West of England, UK
Description: Analyses all forms of work and their relation to wider social processes and structures, and to quality of life. It embraces the study of the labour process; industrial relations; changes in labour markets; and the gender and domestic divisions of labour.

Industrial Relations, the Institute's academic journal, is in its thirty-fourth year of publication. With four issues a year, Industrial Relations offers a valuable international perspective on current topics in industrial relations. Each issue includes research articles, notes, and symposia on all aspects of employment relations and the labor market.

Japan Institute of Labour - Publisher of the monthly journal Japan Labour Bulletin. All the articles are full-text and organized in special topics: labour law and social policy; labour market and employment; working conditions / HRM; industrial relations; women workers; aged workers; disabled workers; foreign workers; contingent workers; HRM; social security; working life / worker' opinion; industry / business.

Work and Occupations: An International Sociological Journal
Editor: Daniel B. Cornfield Vanderbilt University
Description: Get a broad perspective on the dynamics of the workplace and examine international approaches to work-related issues in this respected journal. Work and Occupations offers distinguished scholarship with an interdisciplinary perspective.

Sociology of Work and Industry - Syllabus

Sociology of Work at Rutgers. This course presents two interrelated aspects of work: the academic field of Sociology of Work and an introduction to career planning. In Sociology of Work, we will critically examine the changing nature of work. -

Soc. 2800 – Sociology of Occupations Dr. Bernard J. Gallagher

This course is about the social psychology of work. The specific topics discussed are very diverse. Studies are included on attitudes toward work as they have changed historically, as they vary between members of different occupational groups and people of diverse political orientation as well as the behavior of lottery winners. The question of how individuals are socialized both for an occupation and within it is treated by tracing the causal effects of child-rearing, religion, traumatic life experiences, sibling position, race, ethnicity, and gender.

The interpersonal aspects of on-the-job activity are viewed from the social psychological perspective of role theory. Examples include restaurant workers, call girls, chiropractors, cabdrivers, military chaplains and a few dozen other jobs. We also discuss jobs from various points on the occupational prestige continuum, from the professional, to the executive, to the blue collar work roles.

One unique aspect of this course is the issue of occupation and deviancy. Established but socially unaccepted occupations, such as prostitution are examined. Deviancy is also considered within socially accepted occupations as a reaction to the situational pressures of occupational stress. Here, quackery and drug addiction among physicians serve as examples. In addition, there is a separate analysis of the relationship between occupation, mental illness, and suicide.

It is the main purpose of this course to develop a broad understanding of the many ways in which occupation affects people’s lives. Usually, this understanding comes in fragmented ways as a person enters the occupational world and learns from personal experience. Hopefully, this lengthy, often painful process can be shortened by introducing college students to the social psychology of the occupational world before they enter it.

To make the course more realistic, prominent guest lecturers appear in class throughout the semester. Although the specific speakers vary from year to year, they include people from criminal law, medicine, dentistry, finance, criminal justice, teaching, TV broadcasting, human services, international business and public relations. Occasionally recent Villanova alumni who are now dealing with graduate school come and talk about their experiences. In addition, there are films, which run the occupational gamut from the trials of medical school and student teaching to the horrors of losing your job.

Industrial Sociology - Univ. of Lueneburg

Aims of the Course
To introduce the basic problems, theories and empirical research findings on enterprises in their socio-economic environment.

1. Problems of industrial sociology
2. The creation of enterprises
3. Organizational structures
4. Management and work
5. Ownership and control
6. Markets, hierarchies and industrial networks
7. Social and cultural effects

SO212 Sociology of Work, Management and Employment
Dr Patrick McGovern,

Pre-requisites and excluded combinations: Optional course for Bachelor’s degrees in Sociology, Management and Industrial Relations. Outside option for Course Units (BA and BSc).

Core syllabus: Coverage of contemporary sociological perspectives on the employment relationship, labour market divisions, economic restructuring, globalization and contemporary developments in management.

Content: The employment relationship; control and consent at work; scientific management and McDonaldization; emotion work; labour market divisions; employers and labour markets; women in the labour market; discrimination at work; developments in contemporary management such as Total Quality Management, lean production and management gurus; globalization and labour; employment practices of multinational corporations; the future of work.

Reading list: There is no recommended textbook. Books of a general nature that cover substantial parts of the syllabus are: K Grint, The Sociology of Work (2nd edn); C Lane, Industry and Society in Europe; C Tilly & C Tilly, Work under Capitalism; T Watson, Sociology, Work and Industry (3rd edn). A more comprehensive bibliography will be available to students taking this course.

Sociology of Work and Industry - Abstracts

Thomas W. O'Donnel, Department of Physics, U Michigan & Sanjiv Gupta, Department of Sociology, U Michigan, U Mass.
In this paper we argue that traditional industrial unionism is doomed and will not survive as a significant social force into the next century. The technological basis for its obsolescence is the incursion of information technology (IT) into every kind of work. Just as earlier forms of worker organization like the guild and craft union were destroyed by the steam engine, the industrial union is being undermined by the computer. This is not to say, however, that worker organization itself is a thing of the past. Rather, we expect it to take on new forms that are better suited to the new technology. The industrial union itself evolved as a type of worker organization that was better adapted to mass production than were the guild and craft union. But its heyday is past, and it will be overtaken in turn by other forms of organization.

Books on Sociology of Work and Industry

Irene Padavic, Women and Men at Work - Second Edition - This book differs from others by comparing women’s and men’s work status, addressing contemporary issues within a historical perspective, incorporating comparative material from other countries, recognizing differences in the experiences of women and men from different racial and ethnic backgrounds. Relying on both qualitative and quantitative data, the authors seek to link social scientific ideas about workers’ lives, sex inequality, and gender to the real-world workplace. This new edition contains updated statistics, timely cartoons, and presents new scholarship in the field. In sum, the second edition of Women and Men at Work presents a contemporary perspective to the field, with relevant comparative and historical insights that will draw readers in and connect them to the wider concern of making sense of our dramatically changing world.

Berg, I., 1979, Industrial Sociology, Englewood Cliffs, N. J. : Prentice-Hall.

Doeringer, Peter B. and Michael J. Piore. 1976. Internal Labor Markets and Manpower Analysis. Lexington: CD Health.

Mars, Gerald. 1994. Cheats at Work: An Anthropology of Workplace Crime. London: Allen and Unwin Press.

CaploW, T., 1954, The Sociology of Work, Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.

Dingwall, R. and Philip, L., 1983, The Sociology of the Professions: Lawyers, Doctors, and Others, London: Macmillan.

Dubin, R., 1976, Handbook of Work, Organization and Society, Chicago: Rand MaNally.

Elliott, P., 1972, The Sociology of the Professions, London: Macmillan.

Esland, G. and Salaman, G., 1980, The Politics of Work and Occupations, Toronto: University of Toronto Press.

Freidson, E., 1973, The Professions and Their Prospects, Beverly Hills: Sage.

Freidson, E., 1994, Professionalism Reborn, Chicago: The University of Chicago Press.


Ghorayshi, P., 1990, The Sociology of Work: A Critical Annotated Biblography, New York & London: Garland.

Gross, E., 1958, Work and Society, New York:Thomas Y. Cromwell Co.

Hodson, R. and Sullivan, T., 1990, The Social Organization of Work, Belmont, Callifornia: Wadsworth Publishing Co.

Krause, C. L., 1971, The Sociology of Occupations, Boston: Little, Brown.

Maines, D. and Denzin, N., 1977, Work and Problematic Situations: The Structuring of Occupational Negotiations, New York: Free Press.

Miller, D. C. and William, H. F., 1980, Industrial Sociology: Work in Organization Life, New York: Harper and Row.

Montagna, P., 1977, Occupational and Society: Toward a Sociology of the Labor Market, Boston: Little, Brown.

Pahl, R. E., 1988, On Work: Historical, Comparative and Theoretical Approaches, Oxford: Basil Blackwell.

Pavalko, R. M., 1971, Sociology of Occupations and Professions, Itasca, II: F. F. Peacock.

Ritzer, G. and Walczak, D., 1986, Working: Conflict and Change, New Jersey: Prentice-Hall.

Rothman, R., 1987, Working: Sociological Perspectives, Englewood Cliffs, N. J. : Prentice-Hall.

Sabel, C. F., 1982, Work and Politics, Cambridge: Cambridge University.

Tausky, C., 1984, Work and Society, Itasca. III: F. E. Peacock.

Thompson, P., 1983, The Nature of Work, London: Macmillan.

Watson, T. J., 1980, Sociology, Work and Industry, London: Routledge and Kegan Paul.

Wipper, A., 1984, The Sociology of Work, Ottawa: Carleton Unversity Press.

Bell, D., 1956, Work and Its Discontents, Boston: Beacon Press.
Bell, D., 1973, the Coming of Post-Inderstrial Society, New York: Basic Books.
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Blauner, R., 1964, Alienation and Freedom:The Factory Worker and His Industry, Chicago: Chicago University Press.
Breverman, H., 1974, Labor and Monopoly Capital, New York: Mothly Review.
Herzberg, F. and Mausner, B. and Snyderman, B., 1959, The motivation to work, Wiley.
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Anthony, P. D., 1977, The Ideology of Work, London: Tavistock.

Cherrington, D. J, 1980, TheWork Ethic: Working Values and Values That Work, New York: Amacom.

Friedman, G., 1992, The Anatomy of Work, London: Transaction Publisher.

MOW International Research Team., 1987, The Meaning of Working, London: Academic Press.

Wallman, S., 1979, Social Anthropology of Work, New York: Academic Press.

Abbot, A. 1989, "The New Occupational Structure: What Are the Questions?", WO 16(3): 273-291.

Blishen, E. R., Carroll, W. K. and Moore, C. 1987, "The 1981 Socio-economic Index for Occupations in Canada", The Canadian Review of Sociology and Anthropology 24(4):465-488.

Breiger, R. L. 1981, "The Social Class Structure of Occupational Mobility", AJS 87: 578-611.

Buraway, M., 1976, "The Fuctions and Reproduction of Migrant Labor: Comperative Material from Southern Africa and the United States", AJS 81: 1050-1087.

Granovetter, M., 1985, "Economic Action and Social Structure: The Problem of Embeddedness", AJS 91: 481-510.

Koch, J. V., 1987, "The Income of Recent Immigrants: A Look at Ethnic Differences", Social Science Quarterly 68: 294-310.

Penn, R. and Scattergood, H., 1988, "Continuities and Change in Skilled Work: A Comparison of Five Paper Manufacturing Plants in the U. K., Australia and the USA", The British Journal of Sociology 39(1): 69-85.

Sorensen, A. B., 1977, "The Structure of Inequality and the Process of Attainment: A Model for Intragenerational Mobiilty", ASR 80: 44-57.

Sorensen, A. B., 1977, "The Structure of Inequality and the Process of Attainment", AJS 80: 44-57.

Weiss, L., 1987, "Explaining the Underground Economy: State and Social Structure", The British Journal of Sociology 38(2): 216-234.

Wright, E. O., 1982, "Proletarianization in the American Class Structure, AJS 83: 176-209.

Wright, E. O., 1987, The Transformation of the American Class Structure, 1960-1980, AJS 93: 1-29.


Industries, Firms and Jobs: : Sociological and Economic Approaches (Plenum Studies in Work and Industry) Book by George Farkas (Editor), Paula England (Editor)

The Sociology of Education and Work Book by David B. Bills

Work and Industry : Structures, Markets, and Processes (Plenum Studies in Work and Industry) Book by Arne L. Kalleberg, Ivar Berg

Sociology, Work and Industry (Hardcover) Book by Tony J. Watson

A Sociology of Work in Japan (Contemporary Japanese Society)
Book by Ross Mouer, Hirosuke Kawanishi, Yoshio Sugimoto, Harumi Befu, Roger Goodman, Michio Muramatsu, Wolfgang Seifert, Chizuko Ueno (Series Editors)

Worlds of Work : Building an International Sociology of Work (Plenum Studies in Work and Industry) Book by Daniel B. Cornfield (Editor), Randy Hodson (Editor)

Communist Neo-Traditionalism: Work and Authority in Chinese Industry Andrew G Walder

Tangled Routes: Women, Work, and Globalization on the Tomato Trail  by Deborah Barndt

Steelworker Alley: How Class Works in Youngstown Book by Robert Bruno

Work Under Capitalism (New Perspectives in Sociology Book by Chris Tilly, Charles Tilly

Kids at Work : Lewis Hine and the Crusade Against Child Labor Russell Freedman, Lewis Hine

The Transformation of Work (Research in the Sociology of Work) Book by Steven Vallas

Globalism/Localism at Work, Volume 13 (Research in the Sociology of Work)
Book by Leni Beukema, Jorge Hector Carrillo Viveros

Diversity in the Work Force, Volume 14 (Research in the Sociology of Work)
Book by Nancy DiTomaso, Corinne Post

Ready-To-Wear and Ready-To-Work: A Century of Industry and Immigrants in Paris and New York (Comparative and International Working-Class History) by Nancy L. Green

Sourcebook of Labor Markets : Evolving Structures and Processes (Plenum Studies in Work and Industry) Book by Ivar Berg (Editor), Arne L. Kalleberg (Editor)

Analyzing the Labor Force: Concepts, Measures, and Trends (Plenum Studies in Work and Industry) Book by Clifford C. Clogg, Scott R. Eliason, Kevin T. Leicht.