In search of the sociology of work: past, present and future

Susan Halford, Tim Strangleman

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This paper traces relations between the study of work and the evolution of British sociology as an academic discipline. This reveals broad trajectories of marginalization, as the study of work becomes less central to Sociology as a discipline; increasing fragmentation of divergent approaches to the study of work; and — as a consequence of both — a narrowing of the sociological vision for the study of work. Our paper calls for constructive dialogue across different approaches to the study of work and a re-invigoration of sociological debate about work and — on this basis — for in-depth interdisciplinary engagement enabling us to build new approaches that will allow us to study work in all its diversity and complexity
Original languageUndefined/Unknown
Pages (from-to)811 -828
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2009


  • sociology of work, sociology, marxism, feminism, inter-disciplinarity

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