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Sociology of Work and Industry

Books on Sociology of Work, Abstracts, Bibliography, Syllabus, Journals

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

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

Industrial Sociology - Univ. of Lueneburg

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.