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Working Life

Renewing Labour Process Analysis

ISBN 9780230222236
Publication Date June 2010
Formats Paperback 
Publisher Palgrave
Series Critical Perspectives on Work and Employment

Labour process theory is consolidated in Working Life to develop a credible account of the relationships between capitalist political economy, work systems and the strategies and practices of actors in the employment relationship. Beyond this, the book explores the future of labour process analysis.

PAUL THOMPSON is Professor of Organizational Analysis and Head of the Department of Human Resource Management at the University of Strathclyde Business School. In addition to many journal articles, Paul has previously authored Democracy and Patricipation at Work, Palgrave; A Handbook of Work and Organization,OUP; and the highly successful third edition of Work Organizations.

CHRIS SMITH is Professor of Organisation Studies at The School of Management, Royal Holloway, University of London, UK.

Debating Labour Process Theory and the Sociology of Work
Developing Labour Process Analysis: Themes from Industrial Sociology and Future Directions
Labour Process Theory and Critical Realism
The Core Theory: Critiques, Defences and Advances
Skill and the Labour Process: The Conditions and Consequences of Change
Normative Control and Beyond in Contemporary Capitalism
The Repertoire of Employee Opposition
Renewing and Revising the Engagement between Labour Process Theory and Technology
Gender, Labour Process Theory and Intersectionality: Une Liason Dangereuse?
Old Ambiguities and New Developments: Exploring the Emotional Labour Process
Embodying Labour
The Globalization of Service Work: Analysing the Transnational Call Centre Value Chain
Go with the Flow: Labour Power Mobility and Labour Process Theory
Making Space for Geography in Labour Process Theory
Beyond the Blank Slate: Identities and Interests at Work.


This collection represents the most current and most critical view on the world of work that there is.' – Thomas Klikauer, Transfer: European Review of Labour and Research
'This volume stands out as one of the periodic paradigm 'stock taking' exercises. As a collection, Working Life is at its strongest when its contributions are confronting the new realities of work and chiefly the changes that have been wrought on work, workers and organizing by the shift to a service economy and by the globalization of economic activity. In so doing the continuing relevance of LPT [Labour Process Theory] is placed on open display ... ' – Bob Russell, Relations Industrielles/Industrial Relations , vol 66, no 1, 2011
'Working Life: Renewing Labour Process Analysis is an absorbing and valuable book that critically examines the changing world of work [ ... ] This is essential reading for academics interested in LPT, industrial relations and the sociology of work, and is particularly relevant with the aftermath of the economic crisis, proving once again that work matters.' – Andrew Smith, Industrial Relations Journal, vol 43, no 1, 2012
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