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Work: A Very Short Introduction

Stephen Fineman

November 2012

ISBN: 9780199699360

160 pages
Paperback
174x111mm

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Very Short Introductions

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Work is deeply embedded in the moral and political character of most societies. For many, work becomes fused with our personal and social identities - who we are and how we define ourselves. Steve Fineman explores the key debates about work and the factors that affect it including topics such as globalization, feminism, and technology.

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Work is deeply embedded in the moral and political character of most societies. For many, work becomes fused with our personal and social identities - who we are and how we define ourselves. Steve Fineman explores the key debates about work and the factors that affect it including topics such as globalization, feminism, and technology.

  • An authoritative but accessible short introduction to the concept of work
  • Explores the concepts that have shaped 'work' in different societies at different times
  • Considers the organization of working - from employment and labour - to their social class and power implications
  • Explores the types of work and their moral implications
  • Looks at the cultural aspects of gender issues and work
  • Highlights how the concept of work continues to change and how it will develop in future
  • Part of the bestselling Very Short Introductions series - over five million copies sold worldwide

About the Author(s)

Stephen Fineman, Professor Emeritus at the School of Management, University of Bath

Stephen Fineman is Professor Emeritus at the School of Management, University of Bath, UK. He has a long and distinguished reputation in the field of organizational behaviour, publishing specialized monographs, edited books and textbooks, all directly or indirectly concerned with the world of work.

Table of Contents

    Preface
    1:Why work?
    2:A spectrum of jobs
    3:Working a career
    4:Men's work, women's work
    5:Struggling, surviving, thriving
    6:Emotion at work
    7:Virtual work
    8:Changes and transitions
    9:Where does this leave work? A brief postscript
    References and further reading

Reviews

"Steve Fineman tells the fascinating story of work - how we strive for security, reward, and often, meaning This looks like yet another interesting addition to Oxford's fabulous VSI series" - Grrlscientist, the guardian

"This book is a great read and has made me think deeper into the values I associate with work and human value." - Arthur Zetes, tiredoframen.wordpress.com