Key Concepts in Work

Key Concepts in Work

Book - 2007
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Sage Publications
Key Concepts in Work clearly and concisely explains the central ideas, debates, and theories of work. Authors Paul Blyton and Jean Jenkins offer a broad overview of the social, political, and economic contexts of work illustrated from diverse industrial societies. Each entry begins with a snapshot definition followed by key words and guidance for further reading. This book inspires students to engage in further exploration of ideas and debates.

Book News
This volume contains 46 articles, each focused on explaining a key concept in the social sciences concerning work in contemporary society. Each article synthesizes and summarizes the relevant literature and includes a list of further readings. Examples of key concepts discussed include absence and turnover, alienation, career, collective bargaining, domestic work, effort and intensity, emotional labor, employment patterns, Fordism, globalization and labor migration, human relations, informal work, job satisfaction, labor process, law and contract of employment, motivation and commitment, organizational culture, power and authority, presenteeism, psychological contracts, redundancy, scientific management, teamworking, technology, unemployment and underemployment, voluntary work, and work-life balance. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: Los Angeles, Calif. ; London : SAGE, 2007
ISBN: 9780761944775
Characteristics: vi, 246 p. ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Jenkins, Jean 1956-
Alternative Title: Work


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