In search of the sociology of work: past, present and future

Halford, Susan and Strangleman, Tim (2009) In search of the sociology of work: past, present and future Sociology, 43, (5), 811 -828. (doi:10.1177/0038038509341307).


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This paper traces relations between the study of work and the evolution of British sociology as an academic discipline. This reveals broad trajectories of marginalization, as the study of work becomes less central to Sociology as a discipline; increasing fragmentation of divergent approaches to the study of work; and — as a consequence of both — a narrowing of the sociological vision for the study of work.

Our paper calls for constructive dialogue across different approaches to the study of work and a re-invigoration of sociological debate about work and — on this basis — for in-depth interdisciplinary engagement enabling us to build new approaches that will allow us to study work in all its diversity and complexity

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1177/0038038509341307
ISSNs: 0038-0385 (print)
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Keywords: sociology of work, sociology, marxism, feminism, inter-disciplinarity
Subjects: K Law > K Law (General)
ePrint ID: 150477
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Date Deposited: 06 May 2010 09:34
Last Modified: 18 Apr 2017 04:23
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