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`This is a wide-ranging and authoritative analysis of sociology's 'state-of-the-art'. It will set the terms of debate for the next decade' - John Urry, Lancaster University, U.K.`The profession of sociology was blessed by abundance of excellent handbooks. The one edited by Craig Calhoun, Christ Rojek and Bryan Turner was preceded by outstanding sociology handbooks, the most eminent ones by Robert Farris and E Lee published in 1964 and a more recent one by Neil Smelser in1988. The volume by Farris and Lee not only served as an introductory text to the discipline, but contained many innovative papers, which re-oriented social research for years to come. Smelser brought together the best possible and most polished overview of the contributions professional sociology at his time. The Calhoun-Rojek-Turner ...

The Culture of Work
The culture of work

By one of history's ironies, the collapse of the Soviet empire coincided in the West with a renewed scholarly interest in Marxian propositions about labor and the relation of work to class and class consciousness. In part this coincidence occurred because in the last generation capitalism itself has profoundly changed, and the durable legacy of Marx, analytic rather than remedial, seemed to offer sharp tools for an explanation. This renewed radical tradition cannot alone suffice, however, to understand the most radical features of the new capitalism, changes which affect the interpretative activities and subjective experiences of workers.

A simple but profound insight moved Marx: social groups are formed by powers external to themselves. The sociological starting point here is ...

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