The Cultural Study of Work

The Cultural Study of Work

By: Douglas Harper (author), Helene M. Lawson (author)Paperback

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This anthology brings more than fifty years of scholarship of the culture and sociology of work into a vivid introductory and analytical textbook. Sociologists have long sought to understand the universal activity of work from the point of view of the worker. This book shows how common sociological themes such as socialization, social interaction, the social construction of time, and deviance are experienced in work settings as diverse as the factory, the night club, the restaurant, and to offices of high tech professionals. Featuring vivid ethnography, the book is organized around the concept of culture: the recognition that people doing things together organize social life in common and identifiable ways. As such, the book is a poignant core textbook or a perfect supplement to standard texts in the sociology of work that approach work from the demographic, structural, or macro perspectives.

About Author

Douglas Harper, professor and chair of the sociology department at Duquesne University, is the author of Working Knowledge: Skill and Community in a Small Shop (1987) and Changing Works: Visions of a Lost Agriculture. Helene M. Lawson, professor and program director of sociology and coordinator of the gender studies program at the University of Pittsburgh, Bradford, is the author of Ladies on the Lot: Women, Car Sales, and the Pursuit of the American Dream.


Chapter 1 Introduction Part 2 Part I. Work as Social Interaction Chapter 3 Chapter 1. Teamwork in the Operating Room Chapter 4 Chapter 2. Manufacturing Motherhood: The Shadow Work of Nannies and Au Pairs Part 5 Part II. Socialization and Identity Chapter 6 Chapter 3. The Fate of Idealism in Medical School Chapter 7 Chapter 4. Occupational Aesthetics: How Trade School Students Learn to Cook Chapter 8 Chapter 5. Incorporation and Mechanical Solidarity in an Underground Coal Mine Chapter 9 Chapter 6. Dancing with Identity: Narrative Resistance Strategies of Male and Female Stripteasers Chapter 10 Chapter 7. Careers Chapter 11 Chapter 8. Career Concerns and Mobility Motivations of Orchestra Musicians Part 12 Part III. Experiencing Work Part 13 A. Work as Practical Accomplishment Chapter 14 Chapter 9. The Social Construction of Truth: Editing an Encyclopedia Chapter 15 Chapter 10. Baseball Magic Chapter 16 Chapter 11: The Police on Skid-Row:A Study of Peace Keeping Part 17 B. The Social Construction of Emotions in Work Chapter 18 Chapter 12. The Slanted Smile Factory: Emotion Management in Tokyo Disneyland Chapter 19 Chapter 13. Learning Real Feelings: A Study of High Steel Ironworkers' Reactions to Fear and Danger Part 20 C. Work and Time Chapter 21 Chapter 14. From Night to Day: Timing and the Management of Custodial Work Chapter 22 Chapter 15. The Time Bind: When Work Becomes Home and Home Becomes Work Part 23 Part IV. Work Cultures and Social Structure Part 24 A. Cultures of Blue-collar Work Chapter 25 Chapter 16. "Banana Time": Job Satisfaction and Informal Interaction Chapter 26 Chapter 17. Hanging Tongues: A Sociological Encounter with the Assembly Line Part 27 B. Cultures of the Professions, Semiprofessions, and Service Occupations Chapter 28 Chapter 18. Annoying Owners: Routine Interactions with Problematic Clients in a General Veterinary Practice Chapter 29 Chapter 19. Occupational Claims to Professionalism: The Case of Paralegals Chapter 30 Chapter 20. Working on Hair Chapter 31 Chapter 21. Women, Resistance and Care: An Ethnographic Study of Nursing Auxiliary Work Part 32 Part V: Deviance in Work Chapter 33 Chapter 22. Illicit Prescription Drug Use among Pharmacists: Evidence of a Paradox of Familiarity Chapter 34 Chapter 23. Wheeling and Dealing: An Ethnography of an Upper-Level Drug Dealing and Smuggling Community Chapter 35 Index

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9780742519183
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 504
  • ID: 9780742519183
  • weight: 640
  • ISBN10: 074251918X

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