Chapter 2: Understanding Societies: from capitalism to postindustrialism.
Chapter 3: Societies and Change: globalization and the knowledge-based economy.
Chapter 4: The Nature of Work.
Chapter 5; The Meaning of Work.
Chapter 6; Changing Organizations?.
Chapter 7: Managers, Workers and Behaviour in Organizations.
Chapter 8: Social Divisions and Inequalities.
Chapter 9: Work, Community and Action.
Chapter 10: Conclusions – Looking to the Future
Work, Employment and Society
"This vibrant, thought-provoking book brings the insights of social-science to business studies. With accessible language and illustrations, it introduces classical and contemporary theories and shows how they shape our understanding of the world of work, organizations and business, including topical issues such as the environment, neoliberal policy, changing technologies and global interdependencies. It is one of the most comprehensive and imaginative contributions to the study of work, employment and society that I have read. I have no doubt this highly original book will become one of the most important texts in the sociology of work and business studies for years to come."
Anna Pollert, University of the West of England
"This impressive introductory text offers a refreshingly clear approach to understanding the contested role of business in society. Accessible and engaging in equal measure, and avoiding the pitfalls of shallow oversimplification, the book will appeal to students in both sociology and business and management studies, and provide a breath of fresh air for their teachers."
Paul du Gay, University of Warwick
- This is the only book of its kind on the market.
- Demonstrates how principles of sociology can improve the everyday world of business, organizations and management.
- Provides an accessible and jargon-free introduction to basic concepts in sociology for students outside the traditional social sciences with no background in sociology – in the same vein as Polity’s ‘Sociology for Nurses’ and ‘Sociology for Social Workers’.
- The authors have a wealth of experience teaching sociology to a wide range of audiences.
- Packed with student-friendly features such as: clearly defined learning aims; questions for discussion and reflection; real-life case studies; thought-provoking illustrative material; annotated reading.
- Offers a step-by-step guide to crucial issues such as: discrimination and diversity in the workplace; trade unionism and industrial disputes; the need for ethics and legislation; the changing roles of managers and employees.