The nostalgia for permanence at work? The end of work and its commentators

Strangleman, Tim (2007) The nostalgia for permanence at work? The end of work and its commentators. Sociological Review, 55 (1). pp. 81-103. ISSN 0038-0261 . (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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This article examines a contemporary trend in the sociology of work that is labelled here the 'end of work' debate after Jeremy Rifkin's book of the same name. It explores this trend, suggesting that marked similarities exist between a range of authors in Europe and North America who propose that work regimes and the meaning derived from them are changing fundamentally. This literature is then placed in the context of an older canon on decline in work and employment. Using the insights of newer qualitative studies that have emerged over the last decade it is suggested that much of the 'end of work' type of writing over-generalises a complex situation, suggesting that sociology needs to incorporate macro theorisation with detailed empirical research if it is to properly understand changes in the contemporary world of work

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research
Depositing User: Jane Griffiths
Date Deposited: 28 Apr 2008 08:22
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