The Cultural Study of Work by Douglas Harper and Helene M. Lawson

By Douglas Harper and Helene M. Lawson

This anthology brings greater than fifty years of scholarship of the tradition and sociology of labor right into a compelling introductory and analytical textual content. Sociologists have lengthy sought to appreciate the common job of labor from the perspective of the employee. This booklet indicates how universal sociological topics similar to socialization, social interplay, the social building of time, and deviance are skilled in paintings settings as assorted because the manufacturing facility, the nightclub, the eating place, and the places of work of high-tech execs. that includes shiny ethnographies, the ebook is geared up round the notion of tradition: the popularity that individuals doing issues jointly set up social existence in universal and identifiable methods. As such, this assortment can be utilized as an cutting edge center reader or as an excellent complement to straightforward texts that technique paintings from the demographic, structural, or macro views. an internet instructing advisor is accessible to all adopters.

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Retaining a core of common meaning, the dictionary definition, in our reference to the person's belief in the worth of his activity and the claims made for it, we have seen that this is not a generalized trait of the students we studied but rather an attitude which varies greatly, depending on the particular activity the worth of which is questioned and the situation in which the attitude is expressed. This variability of the idealistic attitude suggests that in using such an ele­ ment of personal perspective in sociological analysis one should not treat it as homogenous but should make a determined search for subtypes which may arise under different conditions and have differing consequences.

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