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The Politics of Working Life and Meaningful Waged Work, Knut Laaser and Jan Ch. Karlsson

What makes waged work meaningful and what makes it meaningless? Promoting a political understanding of waged work, the authors develop a novel theory that presents different scenarios of meaningful-meaningless work, illustrated with the help of workplace case studies from Norway, Britain, India, Germany and Sweden
Table Of Contents
Cover -- Half-title page -- Title page -- Copyright page -- Contents -- List of Tables -- Preface -- Acknowledgements -- 1 Meaningful Work -- The Job Satisfaction Paradox as a Theoretical Principle for Meaningful Work -- Relations between Job Quality and Job Satisfaction -- Explanations of the Job Satisfaction Paradox Located inside Work -- Explanations of the Job Satisfaction Paradox Located outside Work -- The Argumentation of the Book -- Part I Problems in Analyses of Meaningful Work -- 2 Contradictions in the Concept of Work -- Contradictions in Definitions of Work -- A Note on Hegel and the Formative Character of Labour -- Durkheim's Limited Concepts of Work -- Abnormal Forms of the Division of Labour -- Weber's Diverging Concepts of Work -- Weber's Second and Third Conceptualisations of Work -- Marx's Combined Concepts of Work -- Work as a Basic Determination of Human Beings -- Work as Alienated Labour -- Work as Labour Power in Capitalist Societies -- Towards a Social Science Concept of Work -- A Note on the Concept of Work in Meaningful Work Literature -- Conclusion -- 3 The Ideological Meaning of Exploitative Work Forms -- Natural Slaves: The Ideological Meaning of Slavery -- Natural Slavery -- A Sociology for the South -- Subordination in the Tripartite Society: The Ideological Meaning of Serfdom -- Possessive Individualism: The Ideological Meaning of Wage Labour -- Conclusion -- 4 The Politics of Working Life -- Agency, Structure and Tendencies -- Identity, Interest and Agency -- Formal Corporate Agency: Work Organisation, Employer Associations and Trade Unions -- Informal Corporate Agency: Self-Organisation, Worker Collectivity and Community of Coping -- Self-Organisation -- Worker Collectivity -- Community of Coping -- Conclusion -- Part II Theoretical Traditions in Analysing Meaningful Waged Work
Literary Form
non fiction
First edition.
Physical Description
1 online resource (350 pages)
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