The Politics of Working Life
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Politics of Working Life by Judy Wajcman
Book DescriptionHow does the politics of working life shape modern organizations? Is our desire for meaningful, secure work increasingly at odds with corporate behaviour in a globalized economy? Does the rise of performance management culture represent an intensification of work, or create opportunities for the freewheeling individual career? This timely and engaging book, by leading authorities in the field, adopts the standpoint of the 'questioning observer'. It is for those who need an informed account of work that is accessible without being superficial. The book is unique in its multi-dimensional approach, weaving together analysis of individual work experience, political processes in organizations, and the wider context of the social structuring of markets. The book identifies central questions about working experience and answers them in a direct and lively manner. It has a strong analytical foundation based on a political economy framework, giving particular weight to the contradictory character of organizations. These contradictions turn on the competing demands placed on organizations and the different political projects of groups within them. This perspective integrates the chapters, and permits numerous scholarly debates to be addressed - including those on identity projects, gender and work, power and participation, escalation in decision-making, and the meaning of corporate social responsibility. This book is suitable for undergraduate and graduate classes in Organizational Behaviour, Business Strategy and the Sociology of Work and Employment. It will also appeal to the general reader interested in grappling with the complexity of the changing environment of work.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780199271917
(234mm x 156mm x 18mm)
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 8-Sep-2005
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Judy Wajcman
Sociology of Speed, Hardback (December 2016)
There is widespread perception that life is faster than it used to be. This book argues that popular and scholarly claims about acceleration gloss over the complex relationship of technology, speed and time. Rather than digital devices rushing us, our experience of always being rushed is the result of the priorities and parameters we ourselves set.
Politics of Working Life, Hardback (September 2005)
How does the politics of working life shape modern organizations? Is our desire for meaningful, secure work increasingly at odds with corporate behaviour in a globalized economy? This book, by leading authorities in the field, adopts the standpoint of the 'questioning observer'. It is for those who need an informed account of work.
TechnoFeminism, Paperback (March 2004)» View all books by Judy Wajcman
* Gives an up--to--date analysis of the relations between gender and technology * Deals with popular themes such as Donna Harraway's work on "cyborgs" * Provides a continuation to the arguments that Wajcman made in her previous Polity book Feminism Confronts Technology.
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Author Biography - Judy Wajcman
Judy Wajcman is Professor of Sociology in the Demography and Sociology Program, Australian National University. She is also a Centennial Professor in the Gender Institute and Sociology at the London School of Economics, and an Associate Fellow of the Industrial Relations Research Unit, University of Warwick Business School. She has previously held posts in Cambridge, Edinburgh, Manchester, Sydney, Vienna, Warwick and Zurich. Her publications include Managing Like a Man: Women and Men in Corporate Management (Policy, 1998) and TechnoFeminism (Polity, 2004).
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