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A socio-historical account of work :Change, continuity and the consequences

Calnan, Mchael and Douglass, Tom (2019) A socio-historical account of work :Change, continuity and the consequences. In: Work and Pain : A lifespan development approach. Oxford University Press, Oxford , UK, 8 -18. ISBN 978-0-19-882827-3. (doi:10.1093/med/9780198828273.001.0001) (Access to this publication is currently restricted. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:80053)

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This chapter explores key sociological questions about what work looks like in the twenty-first century in Britain and argues that while changes in the form, experience, and understanding of work might in some ways be significant, they are in the main, partial and piecemeal. We begin with a brief review of the consequences of industrialization and the organization of work in industrial societies. Following this, the chapter devotes particular attention to developments from the 1970s onwards, exploring the end of the ‘golden age’ of work and factors shaping the face of work in the final decades of the twentieth century. The chapter then discusses the contemporary nature of employment in the twenty-first century, exploring, for example, the rise of the precariat, the impacts of complex technologies and automation, home working, and longer working lives. Finally, the implications of changes in the nature of work for disease, illness, and health are addressed.

Item Type: Book section
DOI/Identification number: 10.1093/med/9780198828273.001.0001
Uncontrolled keywords: sociology; work patterns; work stress; wellbeing; precariat; continuity and change
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
Divisions: Divisions > Division for the Study of Law, Society and Social Justice > School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research
Depositing User: Michael Calnan
Date Deposited: 13 Feb 2020 15:07 UTC
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2021 14:11 UTC
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